Invited Commentary

Commentary on “Receptivity to Weight Management Interventions Among Hospitalized Obese Patients An Untapped Opportunity”

Authors: John P. Higgins, MD, MBA, Michael W. Montgomery, MD


Obesity is a rapidly growing problem in the United States. Solutions have been proposed for and trials have been done on both young and old. Although medical schools and outpatient centers have programs designed to evaluate and manage overweight or obese individuals, scant attention is devoted to identifying opportunities for “teachable moments” with inpatients. The answer to the question “Am I obese?” appears elusive and many inpatients are ignorant about their weight condition. Would a well-informed inpatient be more likely to seek a solution immediately, especially if obesity contributed to his or her hospitalization?

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