In this literature review, the researcher synthesized available research to answer the question, “What factors contribute to optimal health-seeking behaviors for overweight and obese adults?” While behaviors are influenced by many factors, studies are limited in providing generalizable findings of overweight and obese adults by characteristics other than age and socioeconomic status that may be influential. This review was framed to fill in this gap. The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) and Google Scholar databases were searched using the following key terms: obese, motivators, and health-seeking to find peer-reviewed research related to optimal health-seeking behaviors among overweight and obese adults. The review revealed three factors regarding optimal health-seeking behaviors among overweight and obese adults: personal factors, community/group support, and environmental factors. Further research is necessary to determine factors for men and a more culturally diverse population.
Keywords: obese, motivators, health-seeking