Need for a Paradigm Shift in Adult Overweight and Obesity Management
Obesity, an Under-Diagnosed and Under-Treated Condition
Recognition of the magnitude and impact of obesity as a major health problem by physicians, the general population and policy makers lies at the foundation of developing effective strategies to successfully implement medical interventions in the management of both overweight and obesity. Despite the evident physical changes imposed by excess weight, surprisingly clear opportunities for overweight and obesity diagnosis as well as treatment are being missed with approximately less than 40% of primary care physicians computing their patients’ BMIs  . Moreover, only about one third of obese patients recall their doctor counselling them about losing weight, even though patients whose doctors discuss the problem with them are more likely to do something about it .