Fat Doctors Are Less Likely to Offer Weight Loss Advice to Patients
You probably wouldn't take investment advice from a homeless person. Nor would you likely take fashion advice from a poor dresser. And as far as weight loss advice goes, you are probably not going to get much advice from an overweight doctor. That's what a recent study says. Yes, if a doctor is overweight or obese, that doctor is much less likely to help patients with their weight problems. And even if an overweight doctor offered weight loss advice, is that really the best person for you to take advice from, since they, too, are having unsolved weight issues?
In a study of 500 doctors throughout the United States, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine determined that a doctor’s own weight status directly influenced how the doctor advised patients with their with overweight problems. The more overweight the doctor, the less likely they are to advise overweight patients on how to lose the weight.
Please allow a personal rant here. Never have I had a doctor discuss diet and nutrition with me. I admit, I'm not overweight but still... Shouldn't diet and nutrition be one of the important things that a doctor discusses with patients? We all know that poor diet can cause a variety of problems. And improving one's diet can reduce or eliminate many problems. Doctors unfortunately tend to treat problems but often don't do much in terms of prevention. How many people are taking prescription drugs to deal with gastrointestinal problems when so often, simple dietary changes can solve many of these type issues. How many psychologists prescribe anti-depressants for teenagers (and adults) when dietary changes like more protein and less sugar and carbohydrates plus some exercise can often work wonders. It is disturbing to see how inadequate health advice can be from the medical community. And, more disturbing still is to see folks taking prescription drugs as a first resort instead of a last resort after other options have failed.
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