Obesity: how to broach the subject of a patient’s weight with confidence and sensitivity

What nurses should know about tackling a potentially sensitive subject

The NHS has struggled in tackling the topic of excess weight, so how should nurses tackle a potentially sensitive subject?

  • Many nurses lack confidence to raise the issue of excess weight and may put patients on the defensive
  • A guide for nurses shows how to talk to patients and raise the idea of weight loss programmes
  • Nurses are advised to raise the topic in routine appointments but first be familiar with local weight management services

Obesity is one of the biggest health issues facing the nation, with more than one quarter of adults