Is your doctor’s health affecting you?

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins, obese doctors are less likely to talk to overweight patients about diet and weight loss.

The study surveyed 500 doctors and asked about their confidence in their ability to treat obesity. Researchers found “that normal weight physicians were more likely to talk about weight loss with their obese patients (30 percent vs. 18 percent of overweight docs), had more faith that patients would trust their advice (80 percent vs. 69 percent of overweight docs), and had more confidence in their ability to provide diet and exercise advice (53 percent vs. 37 percent of overweight docs).”

Another major difference occurred in the ways in which doctors actually assessed their patients. Researchers found that 93% of “normal” weight doctors were more likely to label a patient obese, compared with just 7% of overweight doctors. This means that overweight doctors were far less likely to counsel their patients on weight loss.

With over a third of Americans struggling with obesity, it’s troubling that many doctors are not only losing the battle of the bulge, but are also not providing the type of care and consultation their parents need.

What do you think? Would you take weight loss advice from an overweight doctor?

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