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Obesity clinic named best

28th November 2006

A clinic in Glasgow set up to treat weight problems has been named as the best in the UK by the National Obesity Forum.

The NHS-run clinic at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary was set up two years ago. It now treats more than a thousand patients every year.

Through its weight management programme, the clinic provides support and advice to people whose health is at risk due to obesity. But rather than simply placing its clinically obese patients on diets, the service focuses on diet and exercise and the psychological reasons behind their weight problem, said judges.

The clinic was awarded the Primary Care Award for Excellence in Weight Management 2006 by the forum after judges said it provided a 'gold standard' of service.

A fifth of all adults in Scotland are now considered clinically obese, and the figure is expected to rise.

Doctors said the service, which costs around £600,000 a year, was offering real value for money to the NHS when compared with the long-term costs of ill-health caused by obesity.

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