Why Are Family Doctors Not Talking About Obesity?
- From 1994 to 2004, the percentage of obese Americans rose from 23% to 34%.
According to Penn State researchers…
- From 1995-1996 to 2007-2008, the percentage of weight counseling visits performed by primary care physicians declined from 7.8% to 6.2%.
- Not surprisingly, the rates of diet and exercise counseling decreased by similar percentages.
- And if that wasn’t bad enough, the greatest declines were seen with patients suffering from hypertension, diabetes and obesity.
What the heck is going on here?
Obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes rates are increasing year after year and it seems that our doctors are too shy to talk to us about it.
- Have our doctors given up hope that they can convince their patients to tackle their obesity problem?
- Has the overall increase in obesity make overweight patients look “normal” in the eyes of their physicians?
- Do overweight doctors feel like hypocrites dispensing advice on nutrition & exercise?
What do you think???