Some of the blame can go to doctors. Many don't properly evaluate patients to determine if they're overweight, routinely failing to measure body-mass index. BMI takes height and weight into consideration and is thought to be a more reliable indicator of total body fat than weight alone.
Even when physicians do screen for obesity, many don't discuss the importance of weight loss. A 2005 study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only about 40% of obese people are actually advised by their healthcare professional to lose weight.
Community: Some doctors, however, are starting to help patients realize their weight problem and overcome it. See below.
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