Research presented at ObesityWeek 2014 by ConscienHealth founder Ted Kyle, Diana Thomas of Montclair State University, and Adam Tsai of Kaiser Permanente has found evidence of a big shift in attitudes about obesity among American adults and healthcare professionals. Significantly fewer Americans are viewing obesity as a “personal problem of bad choices” in 2014 than in 2013. Instead, the proportion viewing obesity as a “community problem of bad food and inactivity” rose from 26% in August 2013 to 39% in May of 2014. Kyle said:
Our results show a significant shift in perceptions of obesity in 2014, with the percent of Americans seeing obesity as a community problem increasing as much as 13% and the percent of healthcare professionals increasing 18%. Surprisingly, the percent of healthcare professionals who view obesity primarily as a medical problem actually decreased between 2013 and 2014. This trend bears watching.
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