Management of obesity: attitudes and practices of Australian dietitians

Campbell, K. and Crawford, D. 2000, Management of obesity: attitudes and practices of Australian dietitians, International journal of obesity, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 701-710.

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Title Management of obesity: attitudes and practices of Australian dietitians
Author(s) Campbell, K.ORCID iD for Campbell, K.
Crawford, D.ORCID iD for Crawford, D.
Journal name International journal of obesity
Volume number 24
Issue number 6
Start page 701
End page 710
Total pages 10
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2000-06
ISSN 1476-5497
Keyword(s) obesity
weight management
best practice
Summary OBJECTIVE: To document attitudes and current practices of Australian dietitians in the management of overweight and obesity, and to examine their training needs.

DESIGN: Cross-sectional postal survey of a randomly selected sample of members of the Dietitians Association of Australia.

SUBJECTS: 400 dietitians (66% of those surveyed).

MEASURES: Questionnaire-based measures of dietitian's views of obesity, education and training in weight management, definitions and perceptions of success, professional preparedness, approaches to weight management, strategies recommended for weight management, and problems and frustrations experienced.

RESULTS: Dietitians viewed themselves as potential leaders in the field of weight management, and saw this area as an important part of their role. While they considered themselves to be the best-trained professionals in this area, many felt that their training was poor and many were pessimistic about intervention outcomes. Despite this, most dietitians held views that were current, and regularly employed many of the elements of known best practice in management. However, important areas of weakness included: providing opportunities for long-term follow-up; providing a range of management interventions; promoting self-monitoring of diet and exercise; and promoting opportunities for social support.

CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that training in and advocacy for the management and prevention of overweight and obesity are priority areas for dietitians, and that formal studies to evaluate dietitians' effectiveness in management should be undertaken.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2000, Nature Publishing Group
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