Diagnosing a patient as "obese" increases the likelihood that they will attempt to manage and change their condition, research shows.
A Mayo Clinic study of more than 2,000 obese patients conducted in the USA found that an obesity diagnosis is the strongest predictor of patient-initiated obesity management.
Individuals diagnosed as obese were 2.4 times more likely than others to form some sort of weight loss management plan.
Only one in five patients whose obesity was not diagnosed created a plan to lose weight.
Warren Thompson at the Mayo Clinic, said that nurses should be more proactive in discussing patients' obesity problems.
Losing only a small amount of weight can dramatically improve a patient's quality of life, reducing their risk of morbidity, he says.
Early diagnoses may help battle against the rising obesity epidemic.
Take part in our three minute visitors' survey for the chance to win £25 worth of M&S vouchers!
You are currently leaving the Nursing in Practice site. Are you sure you want to proceed?