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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Posted by Anonymous on 13 November 2007

Bull. There is no safe effective way to turn fat people into thin people. Only a few dieters ever keep the weight off for 5 years by eating at starvation levels and exercising for hours. Obesity is not an illness to be diagnosed and treated. It is sometimes caused by illnesses that can be treated, but often aren't because fat people are so often discriminated against when they try to get health care.

Posted by volleyball on 15 November 2007

Unless the person is extreme and willing to do anything about it, there is no reason to diagnose it, even people in denial know they are fat. the doctor makes his treatment based on the person individual situation so diagnosing more people as obese is not going to make any difference in any treatment

Posted by Anonymous on 29 July 2008

What's the cause and what's the effect?
Obesity is skyrocketing in parallel with physicians being too cowardly to tell people who are obese by more than 20-30 lbs that they are killing themselves.
And fat people should stop harassing doctors who exhort them to stay alive!

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