Weight-loss tips and patient advice

Aiming to start healthier eating habits yourself or to support patients and service users whose weight may be impacting their health, the Learning Hub has free online resources to help.

National Obesity Awareness Week takes place from 9-15 January and is a good opportunity to look at what we can do to improve our health and the health of our patients and service users.

Fight the Fads – Nutrition AdviceFightfads

This collection of short videos and articles use evidence-based science to debunk the latest nutritional myths and fads. They were created by Elisabeth Cresta, Caroline Day, and Harriet Smith, student dietitians at King’s College London, to counter the mixed messages and harmful advice many people are exposed to, particularly at this time of year. 

Use these bite-sized tips to inform your own eating choices or answer questions from patients and service users who are interested in improving their diet.

  • How to stay healthy when you work long shifts
  • How to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day on a budget
  • Are sugar replacements healthier?
  • Why do some people avoid gluten?
  • Should you replace caffeine with detox tea?

Addressing Obesity in a ConsultationObesity elearn

Helping obese patients and service users reduce their weight could reduce their chances of developing diabetes, heart disease or knee-pain, but health care professionals are often embarrassed to broach the subject.

This interactive resource shows how to broach weight-loss sensitively and effectively with patients, even in a short consultation, and devise a patient-centred action plan to improve their dietary or exercise habits. 

The full course takes two to three hours to complete to gain a personalised certificate, but does not need to be attempted all in one go, and includes a basic introduction to motivational interviewing skills. 

It is based on research conducted by Dr Kay Leedham-Green and Dr Ann Wylie at King’s Undergraduate Medical Education in the Community (KUMEC), for which they received an award from the Society for Academic Primary Care.