Weight Counseling Declines as Obesity Rises
As the nation gets heavier, fewer people are being counseled on weight loss. That’s what researchers learned when they compared how often primary care doctors advised overweight people about their weight in 1995–1996 and in 2007–2008. The chances of an overweight or obese person getting advice on weight, diet, or exercise from a primary care doc dropped by 41 percent over the study period—even though obesity rates in the United States soared. What’s more, the decline was even greater for people with high blood pressure and diabetes, who would most benefit from weight-loss counseling.
Source: Medical Care, published online Oct. 7, 2012