Weight Loss Counseling by Health Care Providers

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Abstract

Objectives

This study explores the pattern of weight loss counseling by health care providers in Connecticut and the associated weight loss efforts by patients.

Methods

Data from the 1994 Connecticut Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey were analyzed to determine (1) the frequency of weight management counseling by health care providers of overweight adults with and without additional cardiovascular risk factors and (2) the current weight loss practices of overweight subjects.

Results

Only 29% of all overweight respondents, and fewer than half with additional cardiovascular risk factors, reported that they had been counseled to lose weight.

Conclusions

The findings suggest a need for more counseling of overweight persons, especially those with cardiovascular disease risk factors. (Am J Public Health. 1999;89:764-767)

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