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Do families and physicians have divergent weight management outcome expectations?


M Jogova, A Campbell and JP Chanoine, Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit, British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital, Vancouver BC V6H 3V4

key message
  • Discrepancies in weight loss expectations between boys and girls, their parents, and physicians may impede success in weight management programs and have negative psychological outcomes.
  • The cause of differences in expectations is likely multifactorial, with societal pressure and media-driven role models exerting a large influence on creating high and unrealistic weight loss goals.
  • Successful weight loss may necessitate a focus away from weight-based goals, with recognition of and counselling around the barriers to making and sustaining healthy lifestyle and behavioural changes.
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