Patient perception of their weight, attempts to lose weight and their diabetes status

Australian College of General Practitioners
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Australian Family Physician, 2006, 35 (11), pp. 925 - 928
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INTRODUCTION Patients' self perception of weight status is a factor to be considered before an attempt is made by the clinlcian to initiate weight loss behaviour. METHOD We compared the weight self assessment of 1973 general practice patients to their body mass index (BMI) Patients also ranked the success of any weight loss m8tho[js they had tried. General practitioners recorded the patients' type 2 diabetes status and this was analysed by 8MI group. RESULTS Overweight/obese patients accounted for 56.6% of the sample. Forty percent of ami 12.5% of oilase patients did not see themselves as overweight Close to 40% of patients had attempted to lose in tile previous year. Diet! exercis9 was the most common and successful 'Neight loss method. There was a significantly higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes among obese patients. DISCUSSION Despite som8 positive results on weight loss attempts, a considerable proportion of do not perceive themselves as being overweight.
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