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Table 2 Frequency (%) overweight patients reported receiving advice from their GP for weight loss, with and without hypertension.

From: Patient recall of receiving lifestyle advice for overweight and hypertension from their General Practitioner

  n (%) Diet only†† % Exercise only‡ % Diet plus exercise ¶ % Referral§ % Diet, exercise and referral ‡‡ % Any advice or referral §§ % Salty foods ¶¶ %
Healthy weight/underweight 1180 (38.7) 2.0 0.8 1.9 0.7 0.3 13.3 9.9
Overweight and obese 1534 (50.3)† 5.5† 6.5† 15.1† 6.3† 4.2† 38.0 19.0†
Overweight (BMI 25-29.9 kg/m2) 955 (31.3) 3.7^ 4.7^ 8.6^ 3.2^ 1.9^ 30.3 17.9
Obese (BMI ≥ 30.0 kg/m2) 579 (19.0) 8.6 9.3 25.7 11.2 8.1 50.8 20.9
Overweight & hypertensive 600 (19.7) 7.8* 8.7* 20.7** 9.0** 6.5** 57.5 37.5**
Overweight without hypertension^^ 928 (30.5) 4.1 5.0 11.5 4.5 2.8 25.5 7.2
Healthy weight/underweight & hypertensive 275 (9.0) 4.4 2.9 2.9 1.8 1.1 33.8 28.4
  1. *difference from 'overweight without hypertension' group, P < 0.01, Pearson Chi Square
  2. **difference from 'overweight without hypertension' group, P < 0.001, Pearson Chi Square
  3. †difference from the 'healthy weight/underweight' group, P < 0.001, Pearson Chi Square
  4. ^difference from the 'obese (BMI <30 kg/m2)' group, P < 0.001, Pearson Chi Square
  5. ††Respondents who reported receiving only dietary advice but not exercise advice for weight loss from their GP in the previous 12 months.
  6. ‡Respondents who reported receiving only exercise advice but not dietary advice for weight loss from their GP in the previous 12 months.
  7. ¶Respondents who reported receiving both diet and exercise advice for weight loss from their GP in the previous 12 months.
  8. §Respondents who reported they were referred elsewhere for weight loss by their GP in the previous 12 months.
  9. ‡‡Respondents who reported they received both exercise and dietary advice for weight loss from their GP and were referred elsewhere
  10. §§Respondents who have received any advice (exercise, diet or advice to reduce salt intake) or were referred elsewhere by their GP in the previous 12 months.
  11. ¶¶Respondents who reported receiving advice to reduce their intake of salt or salty foods from their GP in the previous 12 months.
  12. ^^'without hypertension' refers to those who did not report having hypertension or report being on medication for hypertension.