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How can I get my patient to lose just 3kg


This discussion between Dr Jocelyn Hellig, who has a special interest in obesity and specialist Dr Zane Stevens, moves beyond simplistic approaches of “eat less, move more”. It will provide key action points for primary care practitioners whose adult patients should lose weight or want to lose weight.

About our experts

Dr Zane Stevens
Adult Endocrinologist

Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town MBChB cum laude, MMED, FCP (SA),
Fellowship in Endocrinology & Metabolism

Dr Zane Stevens is an Endocrinologist at the Cape Institute of Endocrinology, Cape Town, with expertise in diabetes, thyroid disease, and osteoporosis. He's contributed to medical guidelines, co-authoring chapters in SEMDSA guidelines and the Tropical Handbook of Medicine.

Dr Stevens is actively involved in training, serving as an examiner for Endocrinology & Metabolism. He's also a founding member of the Cape Thyroid Forum MDT and speaks regularly at CME events.

Specialist Physician & Endocrinologist

MBChB (UCT) cum laude FCP (SA) MMed Int Med (SU) Certificate in Endocrinology and Metabolism (Phys) cum laude

Dr. Jocelyn Hellig, a top graduate from the University of Cape Town, excels in internal medicine.

After completing her training at Tygerberg Hospital and earning a certificate in endocrinology cum laude, she's actively involved in research and postgraduate teaching, with a current focus on osteoporosis and distal radius fractures for her MPhil at Stellenbosch University.

Learning objectives

  • This discussion will highlight evidence informed strategies for weight reduction to improve the patient’s health and wellbeing, not just weight loss.
  • Defining the nature and obesity stage of the overweight patient, should involve more than BMI and/or waist circumference.
  • The patient journey in obesity management will be discussed with practical visual-supported clinical action points.