Are Doctors Properly Educated and Trained Regarding Obesity?

Are Doctors Properly Educated and Trained Regarding Obesity?

In a study from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, researchers found that medical students and doctors may have very little training regarding methods to address issues surrounding obesity with their patients. Obesity is one of the leading causes of numerous health issues, including type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, without adequate training regarding the issue of weight control, many doctors fail to talk to patients about ways to address problems surrounding this issue.

Are Doctors Properly Educated and Trained Regarding Obesity?Prevention is Key

According to the study, published in the latest issue of Teaching and Learning in Medicine, medical students receive little, if any, training about the health issue of obesity. They are not taught how obesity can impact many preventable illnesses. Additionally, they are not taught the skills to help patients identify and change eating and activity habits to maintain healthy weight levels.

In many cases, patients seek medical advice from their doctor regarding health issues. Physicians are the first line of defense when it comes to making changes that can prevent many illnesses. The study from Wake Forest found that few doctors are provided adequate training to identify their own biases regarding issues of weight which may prevent them from talking to patients regarding the issue.

Frequently, doctors do not have knowledge of current effective counseling approaches regarding obesity. However, given the fact that obesity is linked to so many chronic illnesses and preventable diseases, doctors need this information to help patients manage their weight in a healthy manner.

Although it is the responsibility of the patient to manage their own dietary and physical activity habits, doctors can play a key role in motivating and encouraging patients to change. Obesity has become one of the largest public health epidemics in the United States. Through patient education and one-on-one counseling, doctors have the opportunity to influence patients in making healthy nutrition and other lifestyle choices.

Does your doctor talk to you about weight and nutrition issues? Would you be receptive to their suggestions if they did?

– The Alternative Daily

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