We recently shared a study released by the CDC that states more doctors in the last 12 years have explicitly told patients to exercise more than ever before. If you ask us, a little kick in the tush from our doctor is always welcomed and appreciated in our quest for a firmer, more toned body. Especially since it’s motivational, if not for vanity reasons, then at least for the sake of our health. However, new evidence published in the medical journal Obesity states that you might not get the same push from your doctor if he or she is also overweight.
The report stated that physicians who are heavy discuss weight loss less often with obese patients than physicians who have normal body weight. Also, these doctors are significantly less sure of their ability to provide advice on effective diets and exercise. The overweight and obese physicians, however, did express greater assurance in prescribing weight-loss drugs than normal-weight doctors.
This is a big problem, literally, when more than two-thirds of the American population is either overweight or obese. If your doctor can’t tell you to lose weight through diet and exercise, who can? We often don’t think of how a doctor’s personal health and well-being effect our own. For instance, previous research has also shown doctors that are smokers are less likely to advise patients who smoke to quit the cancer-causing habit.
What do you think: Would you be less likely to see an overweight doctor, knowing that they might be less likely to push you to diet and exercise?
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