Gaps to bridge: Misalignment between perceptions, reality and actions in obesity

Recently published research aimed to identify international perceptions, attitudes, behaviours and barriers to effective obesity care in people with obesity (PwO) and healthcare professionals (HCPs). Researchers conducted an online survey of 11 countries.

Participants included adults with obesity and HCPs who were primarily concerned with direct patient care. Findings included:

  • 81% of PwO assumed complete responsibility for their own weight loss and 44% of HCPs agreed that genetics were a barrier.
  • There was a mean of 6 years between the time the PwO began struggling with excess weight or obesity and when they first discussed their weight with a HCP.
  • 46% of PwO were concerned about the impact of excess weight on health and 48% were motivated to lose weight.
  • Most PwO (68%) would like their HCP to initiate a conversation about weight and only 3% were offended by such a conversation.
  • Among HCPs, belief that patients have little interest in or motivation for weight management may constitute a barrier for weight management conversations.
Posted: 07/05/2019 12:21:47 by Deirdre Brennan
Filed under: Healthcare professionals, Obesity, Patient care, Weight loss


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