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Physician’s Weight May Influence Obesity Diagnosis and Care

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: I wounder if the same effect is also happening with an active life style... If the physician does not lead one themselves then they are probably less likely to recommend that as well. ]
By Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

“Our findings indicate that physicians with normal BMI more frequently reported discussing weight loss with patients than overweight or obese physicians. Physicians with normal BMI also have greater confidence in their ability to provide diet and exercise counseling and perceive their weight loss advice as trustworthy when compared to overweight or obese physicians,” said Sara Bleich, PhD, lead author of the study and an assistant professor with the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health Policy and Management. “In addition, obese physicians had greater confidence in prescribing weight loss medications and were more likely to report success in helping patients lose weight.”
Despite guidelines for physicians to counsel and treat obese patients, previous studies have found only one-third of these patients report receiving an obesity diagnosis or weight-related counseling from their physicians.

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