Canadian Guidelines Recommend BMI Measurements for All Adults

New Canadian guidelines recommend that primary care physicians measure patients’ BMI at every visit. The guidelines also suggest that overweight and obese adults, especially those at high risk of diabetes, be referred to structured behavioral interventions for weight loss; however, medications should not routinely be offered to help people lose weight. The guidelines, which are published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, were released by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, a federal government-appointed expert panel.

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New Canadian guidelines recommend that primary care physicians measure patients’ BMI at every visit. The guidelines also suggest that overweight and obese adults, especially those at high risk of diabetes, be referred to structured behavioral interventions for weight loss; however, medications should not routinely be offered to help people lose weight. The guidelines, which are published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, were released by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, a federal government-appointed expert panel.

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