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DDA dispenser education turns to excess weight

How to help patients solve the problem of seasonal excess

December 2nd 2019

Tagged: Clinical Zone news DDA news

By Asha Fowells

Weight is a global problem. According to the World Health Organization, in 2016 (the latest year for which worldwide figures are available) more than 1.9 billion adults – or just under 40 per cent – were overweight.

Of these, 650 million were obese, which means that 13 per cent of the world’s over 18s has a body mass index of 30 or more.

It’s a trend that looks set to continue, with worldwide prevalence of obesity having nearly tripled in four decades, and an increase in the proportion of children who are overweight or obese from just 4 per cent in 1975 to over 18 per cent in 2016. This global weight problem brings with it an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders and some cancers. In short, being fat is a killer.

This training, available free and exclusively to DDA members, is designed to provide practice dispensary staff with  background information on problems with excess weight so you can
improve the advice you offer your patients. By the end of the article you will:

  • Understand the impact of being overweight or obese on the health of individuals and society as a whole
  • Appreciate the scale of the issue
  • Know how to calculate healthy weight of children and adults
  • Be able to advise on behaviour to lose weight and the pharmacological and surgical options available.

The training contains various activities to help reinforce your learning, ten, multiple choice self assessment questions, and a certificate of completion for dispensers scoring 80 per cent correct answers or above.

View the training in the DDA’s online library of Dispenser Education Modules.

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