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.
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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. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db131.htm
2.Busko M. Current BMI cutoffs may miss metabolic disease risk. Medscape Medical News. November 14, 2013. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/814378