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New Survey Reveals that Communication Breakdown Between Physicians and Patients Hinders Weight Loss Efforts
Date:11/13/2013

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey conducted by Eisai Inc., in partnership with the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and The Obesity Society (TOS), reveals a disconnect between patients and physicians when discussing weight loss. The survey found that only 56 percent of overweight or obese adults report ever having discussed weight with their doctor, yet all physicians surveyed say they counsel their overweight and obese patients about diet and exercise. Less than four in 10 of those adults said they have been told to lose weight.

The survey was conducted to better understand if the communication about weight loss between patients and physicians was taking place. The two-part study consisted of a consumer survey of 1,009 adults and a survey of 501 physicians.

Overview of Survey Findings:

  • Nearly all physicians (92 percent) say they discuss Body Mass Index (BMI) with their overweight/obese patients, yet two out of three adults (67 percent) who have discussed weight with their physician say BMI was rarely or never part of that discussion
  • Nearly all physicians say they offer weight loss tools, but many patients (37 percent) believe their physicians can't help them lose weight
  • Less than two in 10 Americans (17 percent) know their BMI, and a disconnect exists in understanding what BMI means. More people think they have a normal BMI than actually do (43 percent versus 36 percent), and while two-thirds have a high BMI, only half of them know it.
  • Although many patients feel hopeful (41 percent) and motivated (20 percent) following a weight loss discussion with their physician, some adults also reported feelings of guilt (20 percent) and embarrassment (18 percent).
  • "With obesity rates continuing to escalate across the nation, improving the patient/physician relationship is critically important in the evaluation and treatment of patients who are affecte
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