In a study from a recent issue of the journal Archives, MUSC’s Robert E. Post, M.D., M.S., analyzed data from the 2005–2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) on adults ages 20 to 64 years with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 25 to evaluate patient perceptions of overweight and obesity. They also examined reports of physician acknowledgement of patients’ weight status and whether that was associated with a difference in perceptions and behaviors, such as desire or attempts to lose weight.
“In participants with BMIs of 25 or greater, 45.2 percent reported that they had been told by their physician that they were overweight. In participants with BMIs of 30 or greater, 66.4 percent reported that they had been told by their physician that they were overweight,” said Post. “Telling an overweight patient that they are overweight was associated with a greater than eight-fold increase in the odds that the patient will classify themselves as overweight compared with a patient who has not been told they are overweight. For those who are obese, there was more than a six-fold increase.” In addition, having been told that they were overweight or obese, resulted in the participants having a greater desire to lose weight and, for some, attempting to lose weight.
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