Doctors believe that people with obesity are much less interested in weight loss than they actually are, a study by Australian management has revealed.
According to a study presented at the European Congress on Obesity on Monday, 71 percent of health professionals believe that overweight people do not want to lose weight, even though only 7 percent of overweight people say they feel that way ,
Healthcare professionals also underestimated how many obese people had tried to lose weight in the past. Eighty-one percent of people with obesity reported having made heavy weight loss, but those treated estimated that only 35 percent would have.
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About half (51 percent) of people with obesity had discussed their weight with their doctor, but this conversation lasted six years on average. Sixty-eight percent of people with obesity said they wanted their doctor to start talking about weight management.
Professor Ian Caterson, director of the Soil Institute of the University of Sydney and lead author of the study, said the findings suggest that there is a study opportunity for physicians to initiate "early, effective weight loss talks with minimal fear of crime ".
"We hope that these findings can help to overcome the barriers between overweight people and their health care providers and to promote a more positive engagement in the EU's treatment of obesity."
The President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Dr. Harry Nespolon said there was a focus on training young doctors to talk to patients about obesity, although it was also important that these conversations were appropriate, as it was rare for a patient with obesity to be the only one with health Problem posed.
"You can not talk to any patient about anything I'm going through the door," he said, adding that 71 percent of doctors thought that overweight people were not interested in losing weight, a high number seemed to be.
"I find it hard to believe … [because] Most people are interested in weight loss, and this is a conversation I have several times a day in practice."