Weight Loss: Perceptions and Self-Motivators in Family Medicine Patients
Nearly two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight and 30.5% are obese (Flegal, Carroll, Ogden, & Johnson, 2002). As a result of its high prevalence in minorities, this is an even greater concern in underserved populations, which comprise a large percentage of the patient population at Aurora Sinai Family Care Center and St. Luke’s Family Practice. Adverse health consequences associated with obesity also make addressing this issue vital to quality patient care and education for disease prevention.
The goals of this project are to:
This study examines adult patients at two urban family medicine clinics in the City of Milwaukee.
November 2006 - September 2007
Providers need to consider non-health related factors such as finances, unsafe neighborhoods, stress, and embarrassment when providing weight loss counseling.
Aurora UW Medical Group
Tracie K Dunek, DO, RD
Dennis Baumgardner, MD
Linnea Williams, DO
Center for Urban Population Health
Jennifer Evertsen, MS
Shannon Simpson, MS
Flegal KM, Carroll MD, Ogden CL, & Johnson, CL. (2002). Prevalence and trends in obesity among US adults, 1999-2000. Journal of the American Medical Association, 228(14),1723-1727.