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Physician's weight may influence obesity diagnosis and care
Date:1/26/2012

CDC) obesity affects more than one-third of the U.S. adult population and is estimated to cost $147 billion annually in related health care costs. Obesity increases the risk of many adverse health conditions including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Despite guidelines for physicians to counsel and treat obese patients, previous studies have found only one-third of these patients report receiving an obesity diagnosis or weight-related counseling from their physicians.

"While our results suggest that obesity practices and beliefs differ by physician BMI, more research is need to understand the full impact of physician BMI on obesity care," suggest the study's authors.

"Physician self-efficacy to care for obese patients, regardless of their BMI, may be improved by targeting physician well-being and enhancing the quality of obesity-related training in medical school, residency or continuing medical education," adds Bleich.


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Contact: Natalie Wood-Wright
nwoodwri@jhsph.edu
443-703-8851
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

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