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by their health care provider.

This study is a fascinating look into our perceptions of body size, what we chose to do about it, and the important role health care providers can play. It is clear from this large population-based study that nearly two-thirds of us profess a desire to lose weight; unfortunately, only about a third of us actually take steps to lose the weight we desire to lose. Part of this is apparently because many overweight individuals, men in particular, perceive themselves to be at a normal, healthy body weight. Developing a more realistic and accurate perception of our body size is clearly an important step towards losing weight. Health care providers can be an important and helpful part of developing a more realistic perception of our true body size. Considering that the data from this study suggests that a proper body weight diagnosis by a health care professional can motivate many of us to lose weight, it is very disturbing to read that nearly 75% of overweight individuals are never diagnosed as such by their health care providers. This clearly shows that health care providers can play an important part in our weight loss efforts. The results of this study indicate the importance of an honest, straight-forward discussion of body size and weight control strategies with our health care providers as a first step to obtaining and maintaining a healthy body weight throughout life.

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Aaron Tabor, MD
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References:

  1. Yaemsiri S, et al. Perceived weight status, overweight diagnosis, and weight control among US adults: the NHANES 2003 Ė 2008 Study. International Journal of Obesity, advance online publication, November 2, 2010; doi: 10.1038/ijo.2010.229.


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@ 8:42am ET on November 24, 2010 What about those who are within a normal body weight range, or even those who are underweight who are under the false perception that they are larger than what they really are and feel the need to lose body mass? I felt the need to address this issue, because even if it isn't as prominent as overweight and obese individuals in society in denial of the fact that they need to lose weight, it is still a problem that is growing. I believe that we live in a world of extremes, and many deal with an "all or nothing" attitude. We have problems with those who are overweight/obese and need to lose weight and are either in denial that they need to lose weight or believe that they do not have the willpower or ability to, and then on the other extreme we have people of the lower end of a normal weight range and underweight individuals using drastic means to lose weight and are chronically dieting and overexercising unecessarily. I apologize if my comments may have swayed from the general topic of the article, but this all has been bothering me and it's been churning in my head for a while and I felt the need to address it. This seemed like an appropriate place.
@ 1:09pm ET on November 24, 2010 Thank you for your comment; it is an important topic that does not seem to get quite as much attention.

There are certainly many individuals who believe they need to lose weight when they are actually within a healthy weight range. In fact, I recently had one such individual express a desire to lose 20 lbs. This would have put this person at an unhealthy, low body weight so it was necessary to educate this individual about an appropriate healthy body weight and the fact that there was no need to go on a diet to lose weight.

For individuals such as these, it is important to educate them on what a healthy body weight is and the dangers linked with becoming underweight.
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