6 Better Questions to Ask Your Doctor
What You're Used to Asking: How am I doing?
The Smarter Version: How's my weight?
Here's why: Even if weight is an obvious concern, your doc might not say something about it. Among more than 7,700 people, just 45.2 percent of those considered overweight (a BMI of 25 or more) and 66.4 percent of those considered obese (a BMI of 30 or more) were told by a physician that they were overweight, found a study in Archives of Internal Medicine. That's a problem, as excess weight is a risk factor for a number of illnesses, including heart disease and certain cancers. Once you've brought it up, you and your doctor can set a realistic slim-down goal and come up with a plan to make it happen.