Overweight doctors less likely to discuss exercise with patients

Physicians struggling with their own weight are less likely to discuss diet and exercise with overweight patients, study shows. Photo courtesy of Discovery News.

Overweight physicians are less able to assist their patients in losing weight, research suggests.

A random sample of 498 general practitioners were surveyed for a recent study published in the journal Obesity about their diagnosis of overweight patients.

As reported in a New York Times article, 27 percent of normal weight physicians discussed diet with overweight patients, while only 16 percent of physicians whose own B.M.I was higher than normal discussed the topic.

The biggest disparity was in the way physicians assessed the patients, according to dailymail.co.uk, and further research is needed to understand the full impact of a physician’s own weight and obesity diagnosis.

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