Assessment

Listening to the Patient

Having raised the issue of body weight it is important to work with the patient in a way in which they will feel supported and understood. This requires the practitioner to listen carefully to the patient's description of what being overweight means to them, what they feel has contributed to their obesity and whether they feel ready to begin a treatment programme. It is likely that many patients will already have had a number of attempts at losing weight and it is important to acknowledge and affirm past efforts.