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Which US Physicians Are the Most Overweight?

Which US Physicians Are the Most Overweight? 

In the latest US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on obesity, about 35% of the US population is obese, which is a body mass index (BMI) of ≥ 30. Although far fewer physicians of the total number who responded to the Medscape survey are obese (8%), being overweight is still a problem for 34% of them. The cardiologist percentage was higher than that average, with 43% of them reporting being overweight to obese. General surgeons report being the most overweight physicians, with 49% confessing to being overweight to obese (BMI > 25). Family physicians follow closely at 48%. Dermatologists are the least heavy, with less than a quarter of them (23%) reporting a BMI > 25, followed by 29% of ophthalmologists. According to investigators of a recent study using data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, looking at BMI alone may miss many people at risk for cardiovascular disease. In the study, about a third of men and almost half of women classified as nonobese had a high percentage of body fat. Some experts suggest using a BMI > 27-28 to indicate obesity, which correlates better with body-fat percentage vs the cut point of 30.

Working in the medical profession? Are you a Physician? Where do you or your colleagues fit in? Please comment. 

1.Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM, for CDC. NCHS Data Brief. Prevalence of Obesity among adults: United States, 2011-2012. 2013; 131. 
2.Busko M. Current BMI cutoffs may miss metabolic disease risk. Medscape Medical News. November 14, 2013. 

6 Comments to Which US Physicians Are the Most Overweight? :

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Jillian Matthews on Wednesday, 5 February 2014 4:47 PM
A study in the International Journal of Obesity showed that patients look with disdain on doctors who are overweight or obese. Just as overweight people are stigmatized in an array of professional and personal settings, overweight doctors are seen as less credible than normal weight doctors, and patients are less likely to follow their medical advice. Thanks for the post. Dr Jillian Matthews
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Tony.b on Thursday, 16 October 2014 9:32 PM
Good to know this
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Rebeca, You did a great job to arrange the data from different surveys about obesity. The survey, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, shows a great BMI factor to evaluate the risk for some patients. Great work.
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