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Table 1 Sample demographics and characteristics

From: ACTION-IO as a platform to understand differences in perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors of people with obesity and physicians across countries – the Israeli experience

  PwO
(n = 750)
Physicians
(n = 169)
Age, years (range) 43 (18–83) 54 (33–74)
Gender, n (%)
 Male 260 (35) 79 (47)
 Female 490 (65) 90 (53)
 Other 0 0
BMI classification, n (%)
 Respondents 750 (100) 122 (72)a
  Underweight or healthy range (< 25 kg/m2) 57 (47)
  Overweight (25–29.9 kg/m2) 50 (41)
  Obesity Class I (30–34.9 kg/m2) 489 (65) 10 (8)
  Obesity Class II (35–39.9 kg/m2) 171 (23) 3 (2)
  Obesity Class III (≥40 kg/m2) 90 (12) 2 (2)
Number of comorbidities, n (%)
 0 225 (26)
 1 180 (21)
 2 139 (21)
 3 100 (16)
  ≥ 4 106 (15)
Physician category, n (%)
 PCP 101 (60)
 Specialist 68 (40)
  Endocrinologist 34 (20)
  Gastroenterologist 20 (12)
  Internal medicine (non-PCP) 10 (6)
  Other 4 (2)
Obesity specialist, n (%)b
 Yes 112 (66)
 No 57 (34)
  1. Abbreviations: BMI, body mass index; PCP, primary care physician; PwO, people with obesity
  2. All PwO N numbers are from unweighted data. All PwO percentages for demographic results (age, gender) are also from unweighted data, whereas, the PwO percentages for non-demographic results are from weighted data. Physician data were not weighted, therefore, all physician N numbers and percentages are from unweighted data.
  3. aA total of 47 physicians declined to provide their weight and/or height measurements; BMI classification was not determined for these respondents
  4. bA physician who meets at least one of the following criteria: at least 50% of their patients are seen for obesity/weight management; has advanced/formal training in the treatment of obesity/weight management beyond medical school; considers themselves to be an expert in obesity/weight loss management; or works in an obesity service clinic