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‘Don’t use the f word in obesity consults’

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By Suzanne Jarvis

Vets and nurses need to improve how they communicate about obesity in consultations, including not using the words ‘fat’ or ‘obese’.

This was a recommendation from Alex German, professor of small animal medicine at Liverpool university, at a session on pet obesity during BVA congress at the London Vet Show.

This advice came on the back of German identifying two of the biggest challenges to tackling obesity as ‘what we think about obesity and how we talk about obesity’.

However, he said ‘the major problem we have with talking about …

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