Behavioural intervention remains the cornerstone of treatment for overweight and obesity, with options for pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery where required. There are different considerations for adults, children and adolescents; and during pregnancy and birth. Weight bias and stigma can have wide-ranging impacts on a person’s health and wellbeing, but health professionals can assist by developing a respectful therapeutic relationship with patients.

4 medications approved by the TGA for treatment of obesity in Australia See evidence
>50% of health professionals exhibit some form of weight bias towards people with obesity See evidence
<60 minutes recommended screen time limit for school-aged children and adolescents See evidence