Talking to Patients About Weight

Avery Hurt

Addressing weight issues with patients can be tricky, but these 8 tips can help make that awkward conversation a little easier. 

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), ~70% of US adults are overweight. The associated health risks include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and some cancers.Every physician knows the importance of addressing weight issues with their patients, yet providers often neglect to help patients with weight problems because they don’t know how to initiate the conversation. Patient Care® Online asked 2 physicians for suggestions on how to make that awkward conversation a little bit easier. Scroll through the slideshow below for their top tips.