Higher-Income Patients More Likely to Receive Weight-Loss Advice

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Patients with higher income were more likely to receive weight-loss advice from health care providers.
Patients with higher income were more likely to receive weight-loss advice from health care providers.

HealthDay News -- For overweight or obese individuals, income predicts receipt of weight-loss advice from health care providers, according to a study published in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

Cori Lorts, MPH, RD, and Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, PhD, RD, from the Arizona State University in Phoenix, describe determinants of receiving weight-loss advice in a cohort with a high proportion of low-income, racial/ethnic minority individuals. Data were included for 1109 overweight or obese adults in 5 cities in New Jersey.

The researchers found that 35% of respondents received advice to lose weight. In multivariate analysis, receiving advice was significantly associated with income. Those with an income within 200% to 399% vs at or below 100% of the federal poverty level (FPL) had 1.60 increased odds of receiving advice (P =.02); the odds of receiving advice were 1.73 higher for those with an income of 400% or more of the FPL (P =.03). After adjustment for health insurance the strength of the association did not change.

"Further work is needed to examine why disparities exist in who receives weight-loss advice," the researchers wrote. "Health care providers should provide weight-loss advice to all patients, regardless of income."

Reference

  1. Corts L, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Disparities in who receives weight-loss advice from a health care provider: does income make a difference? Prev Chronic Dis. 2016;13:160183. doi:10.5888/pcd13.160183.
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