Doctors Fail to Diagnose Most Obese Adults

| Nov 13, 2007

A study of 2543 obese Mayo Clinic patients has revealed that only 505 of them were formally diagnosed as obese. If they were diagnosed, it was more likely to be done by a resident than by a staff physician.

Patients who were officially diagnosed were generally either extremely obese or had other conditions such as diabetes or sleep apnea.

Those who weren't formally diagnosed were unlikely to be given a plan of treatment for their condition, such as a diet regimen or exercise goals. Officially diagnosed patients were 2.5 times more likely to be given such plans.

The study authors suggest that more doctors should think about obesity as a diagnosable medical problem with associated treatments. They also advise that if you are significantly overweight and your doctor hasn't given you an obesity treatment plan, you should speak up and ask for one.

Sources: Medline Plus; Mayo Clinic Proceedings, August 2007

Editor's Note: No wonder the epidemic is growing. People are eating like crazy, and doctors are not treating obesity in most cases. Astounding!

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