Doctors are taught very little about nutrition at medical school and what little they know is even harder to translate into practice due to knowledge attrition compounded by mixed messages from the media. We ought to educate ourselves on the basics of nutrition and enquire into our patients’ nutritional status via a simple two question screening tool. This will enable us to appropriately guide our patients who are usually more receptive to advice coming from their family doctors whom they have come to know and trust. In an era of growing waistlines and shrinking NHS pockets, this simple two question screening tool followed by evidence-based nutritional advice offers the biggest bang for our buck when it comes to positively affecting our patients’ lifestyle choices.
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