Weight management experiences of overweight and obese Canadian adults: findings from a national survey

Chronic Dis Inj Can. 2012 Mar;32(2):63-9.


Introduction: We know little about how the 2006 Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management and prevention of obesity relate to Canadians' weight management experiences or whether these experiences reflect the recommendations in the Guidelines.

Methods: We used data from a general population omnibus survey to understand these two issues, particularly in relation to chronic disease. The survey included 23 questions related to weight management practices as well as those related to demographic characteristics.

Results: Of 2004 respondents, 33% were classified as overweight and 20% as obese. In the 12 months before the survey, 48% of overweight and obese respondents reported asking their physician about weight loss, while 30% reported that their physician advised them to lose weight without them specifically asking. With regard to the recommendations within the Guidelines, 14% of overweight and 18% of obese respondents reported having their waist circumference measured, 82% of overweight and 87% of obese respondents reported having their blood pressure measured, and 36% of overweight and 50% of obese respondents reported having a test for diabetes.

Conclusion: These findings have implications for chronic disease identification and management.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Canada
  • Communication
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Overweight / therapy
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Self Report
  • Waist Circumference
  • Weight Loss*
  • Young Adult