Trends in Professional Advice to Lose Weight Among Obese Adults, 1994-2000

Journal of General Internal Medicine

The authors studied whether rising obesity prevalence in the U.S. was accompanied by an increasing trend in professional advice to lose weight among obese adults, and found that disparities in professional advice to lose weight associated with income and educational attainment increased from 1994 to 2000. They concluded that there is a need for mechanisms that allow healthcare professionals to devote sufficient attention to weight control and to link with evidence-based weight loss interventions, especially those that target groups most at risk for obesity.

WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
J. Elizabeth Jackson, Mark Doescher, Barry Saver, Gary Hart