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Disconnect between healthcare providers and people with obesity

The disconnect between perceptions of health care providers (HCPs) and people with obesity (PwO) is revealed in an international study (the ACTION-IO study) presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2019) in Glasgow, UK, and published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Among the study's findings are that while 71% of HCPs believe PwO are not interested in losing weight, actually only 7% of PwO report they are not interested - a ten-fold difference.

Are PCPs in England prejudice against bariatric surgery?

Primary care practitioners (PCPs) may be prejudiced against bariatric surgery, according to the results of a small survey conducted in England. The study, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, concluded that that PCPs have low referral rates for bariatric surgery, lack confidence and support managing bariatric surgery patients, and are not well informed regarding the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery.

Patients - how surgery affects their lives and social interactions

An investigation into how bariatric patients adjust to life after surgery offers new insights which can be used by healthcare professionals to support both patients pre- and post-operatively.  A study carried out by researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK, has explored the experiences of patients who underwent bariatric surgery and how surgery affected their lives and social interactions.

Better understanding of obesity risks but misperceptions continue

Americans take obesity as seriously as cancer, and believe it’s an even bigger health threat than heart disease, yet most do not go beyond traditional diets or involve doctors in their largely unsuccessful personal struggles against the disease, according to a new survey by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the independent research organization, NORC at the University of Chicago. The findings were released during ObesityWeek 2016, the largest international event focused on the basic science, clinical application and prevention and treatment of obesity.

How the news media influence perceptions of obesity

Researchers at Chapman University, UCLA, and Stanford have revealed how news media coverage shapes perceptions of obesity. They examined how perspectives on obesity portrayed in news articles affect people’s support for different obesity-related public policies and their prejudice towards fat men and women.

People who believe they are overweight may gain weight

People who recognise they are overweight or obese are more likely to put on weight than those who are unaware that they may be heavier than doctors would advise, according to research by the University of Liverpool.

Gap between a child's perceived and actual weight

Parents of obese children may not be able to recognise that their child is overweight unless they are at very extreme levels of obesity, according to research led by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL Institute of Child Health, research partner of Great Ormond Street Hospital. The work, ‘Child obesity cut-offs as derived from parental perceptions: cross-sectional questionnaire’, which is published in the British Journal of General Practice, finds that parents are additionally more likely to underestimate their child's weight if they are Black or south Asian (vs.

US survey reveals views on dieting vs surgery

The results from a US survey that asked participants to share their thoughts on the safety and effectiveness of bariatric surgery compared to the success rate from commercial diet programmes has reported that a majority perceive surgery as either safe or very safe.

Surgery results in positive health and social changes

Bariatric patients reported an overall improvement in quality of life issues after surgery, according to a study by Arizona State University researchers presented at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

The paper, “Social and Health Changes Following Bariatric Surgery,” assessed how bariatric patients felt post-surgery. The researchers collected data from 213 patients, aged from 26 to 73 years old (average age 50), via a self-selected sample of participants in an online support group.

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