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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.
Aaron Tabor, MD
Diet, Anti-Aging, and Nutritional Cosmetic Expert
Author of Dr. Tabor's Diet and FIGHT NOW.
Learn more about Dr. Tabor's diet and anti-aging research at www.DrTabor.com.
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