TeleVox’s recent Healthy World report The Obesity Epidemic analyzed both provider and patient perspectives on what has become one of America’s most challenging and fastest-growing health problems.
In that report, responses were also reviewed on a gender-specific basis, as the report offered insights into what drives provider engagement around weight management for both men and women. The infographic below uses The Obesity Epidemic’s survey data to compare and contrast how the sexes view the topic of obesity. Here are three of the key findings that should inform how you communicate with patients around this issue:
- 3 in 5 adults think obesity is a “significant problem” in the U.S. Patients know it’s a problem.
- While obesity rates are rising more sharply among men, women are more likely to have discussed weight management with their doctor. It’s a problem that’s getting worse, and they’re not all comfortable talking about it.
- 64% of men and 56% of women want communication from their doctor on how to manage their weight. Patients are admitting that they can use some help.
Do you have the tools in place to provide that help?