Table 5

Current Weight Management Practices for Obese Patients Associated with Barriers, Beliefs, Personal Weight-Related and Clinical Characteristics

For obese patients, percent of providers who always


Barriers, Beliefs, Personal Weight-Related and Clinical Characteristics

Calculate BMI

Recommend weight loss

Discuss diet or exercise

Refer for wt. services

Counsel in positive context


Learned good obesity practices in medical school

Agree

39

54

62

23

67

Not agree

34

29*

31**

5*-f

81

Learned good obesity practices in residency

Agree

44

53

59

19

81

Not agree

32

26*

29**

5

76

Obesity is a disease

Agree

35

34

40

9

83

Not agree

38

38

25

13

50*-f

Training level

Attending physician/PA

44

29

41

13

94

Resident physician

32

37

37

8

70*-f

Own BMI

Not overweight (<25)

39

31

44

16

78

Overweight (25+)

27

41

32

0*-f

76

Watch own diet

Moderately-Very Vigorously

42

36

39

11

79

Not at all- Slightly Vigorously

13**

33

40

7

73

Own exercise practices

3+ times per week

50

31

44

6

100

<3 times per week

27*

37

37

11

68*-f


*p < 0.10 based on Chi-Square statistic ** p < 0.05 based on Chi-Square statistic f Fisher's Exact Test

Forman-Hoffman et al. BMC Family Practice 2006 7:35   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-7-35

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