Study pinpoints barriers to effective obesity care

Doctors still uncomfortable about the elephant in the room

One in three GPs admit to waiting for obese patients to broach the subject of their weight, mainly because they feel uncomfortable about raising it themselves, US research suggests.

elephant in the room

Known as ACTION (Awareness, Care, and Treatment in Obesity maNagement), the study paints a troubling picture of obese American adults who are in denial about their weight and of doctors who are often too busy, too embarrassed or too ill-equipped to help them.

The study involved 3008 adults with obesity, 606 health care providers and 153 employer representatives, all of whom completed