Obesity management metrics: Should weight loss be the goal?

The term “weight loss” is everywhere these days.
The tremendous amount of weight stigma, discrimination and bias contribute to the unhealthy stereotype that thin, slender figures are considered the most attractive — leading patients to quick fixes and unhealthy practices to lose weight.
As health care providers, we often hear patients say things like, “I want to lose 100 lbs to look the way I want,” or, “I want to be 150 lbs.” These unrealistic expectations don’t consider that we all come in different shapes and sizes, and that trying to be a

The term “weight loss” is everywhere these days.
The tremendous amount of weight stigma, discrimination and bias contribute to the unhealthy stereotype that thin, slender figures are considered the most attractive — leading patients to quick fixes and unhealthy practices to lose weight.
As health care providers, we often hear patients say things like, “I want to lose 100 lbs to look the way I want,” or, “I want to be 150 lbs.” These unrealistic expectations don’t consider that we all come in different shapes and sizes, and that trying to be a