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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 27, 2017

Changing the Weight-loss Subject

JAMA. 2017;317(24):2477. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7240

Health researchers have suggested a technique that might help clinicians address obesity when talking with patients: change the subject.

Researchers at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth noted that even though weighing patients and calculating their body mass index (BMI) is routine, the practice can be stigmatizing. As a result, some patients lose trust in clinicians or fail to follow medication instructions. Some avoid medical care altogether.