GP Sceptics podcast 6: Obesity – Christmas edition


By Kat Ritchie

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Liz shines when discussing her pet PhD topic – managing obesity in general practice. Nicely timed for Christmas.

Which medications safely make us thinner, now amphetamines and tobacco have lost favour? And, if media images keep depicting Headless Fatties*, how can GPs raise the topic without adding to the stigma?

Justin reveals that one of Australia’s biggest GP education companies is boasting it can change our prescribing habits at will – for a hefty fee.

Build your own promotional campaign with Liz’s Magic Marketing, and discover the superpower Justin wishes he possessed but his family knows he doesn’t. gp_sceptics_small

*Not our term – the podcast and link below place this memorable idiom in context. We wouldn’t insult Santa.


Effects on Weight Reduction and Safety of Short-Term Phentermine Administration in Korean Obese People Yonsei Medical Journal, 2006

Headless fatties by Charlotte Cooper, 2007

Treating obesity seriously: when recommendations for lifestyle change confront biological adaptations Lancet, 2015. [But note authors’ multiple conflicts of interest]

No Advertising Please campaign 2014

They wouldn’t do that, would they? The Medical Republic, 30 Nov 2016

World Obesity image bank Free usage for non-profit purposes

About Dr Justin Coleman

Justin is a GP in Brisbane and Director of Education for GPs in the NT. He edits a medical journal and two medical textbooks, and is a medical writer and educator. Further details at
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2 Responses to GP Sceptics podcast 6: Obesity – Christmas edition

  1. Enjoying your podcasts, but a little surprised no mention of liraglutide- Care to add an appendix?
    My disappointment was slightly lifted by hearing The Pogues at the end


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