Counseling patients about weight management may be one of the most challenging aspects of primary care. Clinicians widely perceive that they have a responsibility to address obesity, although this has not generally translated to clinical practice. According to a study of 1500 health care practitioners, 97% responded that they have a responsibility to ensure that patients are counseled about obesity.1 In another study of 606 clinicians, 96% “agree” or “somewhat agree” that they should contribute to patients’ weight management, 88% acknowledged that moderate weight loss is “extremely beneficial” for patients with obesity, and 80% recognized obesity as a disease.2
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