While many physicians inform their patients when their body mass index (BMI) is too high, most physicians fail to talk to their patients about how they can lose weight. Options like weight loss surgery, nutrition programs, gym memberships, and medication are all things that patients can take advantage of, and yet many doctors confess to either not having time to counsel patients on their options or being too uncomfortable to talk about the subject because they struggle with their weight themselves.
A University of Georgia study published last year discovered that patients felt more encouraged to shed extra pounds when their doctors recommended that they lose weight. However, the study found that doctors only discussed diet and nutrition during obesity-related medical visits only one-third of the time. Weight-loss education and referrals to other professionals only occurred in 26 percent of visits, while exercise was only mentioned in 24 percent of visits. Furthermore, nurse practitioners and physicians report that they actually have less respect for patients with high BMIs – a stigma which can negatively affect treatment.
“We need to really work on the medical community accepting obesity as a disease and not as a character flaw,” says Dr. Holly Lofton, assistant professor of medicine and director of the Weight Management Program at NYU Langone Medical Center.
“The problem is doctors generally are not offering very productive health applications,” said Dr. Scott Kahan, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness and spokesperson for The Obesity Society.
Comprehensive Obesity Treatment in Dallas
Obesity is linked to a number of serious medical problems, including:
- Sleep apnea
- Heart disease
Left untreated, obesity can shorten your lifespan and quality of life. If you need to lose weight but are not sure how to do it, turn to the caring professionals at A Better Weigh Center for support. We don’t just treat the symptoms of obesity – we treat the causes through a comprehensive combination of nutrition, exercise therapy, and if necessary, medical weight loss solutions. Led by Dr. Franchell Hamilton who is board certified in obesity medicine and surgery, A Better Weigh Center has helped countless Dallas patients achieve their weight loss goals. We can help you not only lose weight, but keep it off.