The impact of physician weight discussion on weight loss in US adults.


Journal Article

PROBLEM: The increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States and worldwide is at epidemic levels. Physicians may play a vital role in addressing this epidemic. We aimed to examine the association of a physician's discussion of patients’ weight status with self-reported weight loss. We hypothesized that physician discussion of patients’ being overweight is associated with increased weight loss in patients with overweight and obesity. METHODS: Data analysis of participants (n = 5054) in the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) in 2005-2008. The main outcome was rates of self-reported weight loss and the association with physicians’ discussion of their patients’ weight status. RESULTS: Overweight and obese participants were significantly more likely to report a 5% weight loss in the past year if their doctor had told them they were overweight (adjusted OR (AOR) 1.88; 95% CI 1.45-2.44; AOR 1.79; 95% CI 1.30-2.46, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: Physicians’ direct discussion of their patients’ weight status is associated with clinically significant patient weight loss and may be a targetable intervention. Further studies are needed to determine if increasing physician discussion of patients’ weight status leads to significant weight loss.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pool, AC; Kraschnewski, JL; Cover, LA; Lehman, EB; Stuckey, HL; Hwang, KO; Pollak, KI; Sciamanna, CN

Published Date

  • March 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 2

Start / End Page

  • e131 - e139

PubMed ID

  • 24743008

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24743008

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1871-403X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.orcp.2013.03.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands