It is well known that being overweight is a risk factor for many illnesses that can affect quality of life. This includes diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, and many more. Although controlling weight is hard work, it is an important preventative health measure. We at Hills Family General Practice feel that conversations around weight and body mass index (BMI) are an important part of the relationships we have with our patients. These conversations often start by measuring and recording BMI.
This graph shows that we have measured and recorded BMI in only 38% of our patients. We know we have a lot of work to do to improve this, and we are setting up strategies to do so. You may notice some scales in the corridors near the consult rooms- please feel free to use them. You may be asked by Bella, our nurses and GPs to record your weight and height. We need your help to improve on this, and would appreciate your feedback.