Navigation Links
Docs' Theories on Obesity May Affect Their Weight-Loss Advice
Date:2/8/2013

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors' beliefs about the causes of obesity can affect the advice they give to patients, researchers say.

In an Internet survey of 500 primary-care doctors in the United States, participants were asked their opinions about the causes of obesity and about what type of advice they gave to their obese patients.

The investigators found that doctors who believe that over-eating is a major cause of obesity were much more likely to advise patients to change their eating habits by reducing portion sizes, avoiding high-calorie ingredients when cooking and drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.

Similarly, doctors who believe that sugar-sweetened beverages are a leading contributor to obesity were much more likely to tell patients to cut back their consumption of those beverages.

"Eighty-six percent of primary-care physicians indicated that overconsumption of food is a very important cause of obesity, followed by 62 percent of physicians reporting that restaurant or fast-food eating is a very important cause and 60 percent attributing consuming sugar-sweetened beverages as a very important cause," study lead author Sara Bleich, an associate professor in the health policy and management department at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, said in a university news release.

Only a few of the doctors said they believed that genetics, family history or metabolic problems were important causes of obesity, according to the study, which was published in the February issue of the journal Preventive Medicine.

Improved education for doctors about the causes of obesity may be a good way to increase the amount of nutritional counseling they give their patients, Bleich suggested. This education should include practical dietary tips that doctors can easily share with patients.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about the causes and consequences of obesity.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, news release, Feb. 8, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Many Primary Care Docs Dont Know Long-Term Effects of Chemo: Survey
2. Night Staffing With Critical Care Docs May Lower ICU Death Rates
3. Cancer Patients Share Web Info With Docs for Insight, Advice
4. Docs Arent Coaching Overweight Kids on How to Slim Down: Study
5. Guidelines Issued for When Docs Should Order Vascular Testing
6. More Than Half of Resident Docs Have Worked While Sick: Study
7. Residents as Good as Fully Trained Docs if Properly Supervised: Study
8. Strategy May Help ER Docs Spot Heart Attacks Within an Hour
9. NFL Docs Urge More Caution With Key Pain Med
10. Docs Sensitivity to Patients Feelings Tied to Good Outcomes
11. Docs Make Push to Lower Kids Pain, Stress in ER
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Docs' Theories on Obesity May Affect Their Weight-Loss Advice
(Date:4/30/2016)... , ... April 30, 2016 , ... Orlando-based Maximized Living ... they go for gold in Rio. Under the care of Maximized Living doctors ... , In an unprecedented showing, Maximized Living is sending the largest contingent of elite ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... notified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) that it has ... This is the first accreditation of three residency programs that Memorial is currently ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Dr. Bernie Siegel, (M.D.) world ... and MIRACLES") addresses touchy topics related to Death live on Dr. Carol ... Bernie Siegel, author of a plethora of essential books-to-read for physicians and all ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... , ... Spine Team Texas, a comprehensive spine physician group specializing in the ... has been invited to be a featured speaker at the Texas Society of the ... 30, 2016. , Dr. R. Scott McPherson, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... , ... Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer. Although only about 1 percent of ... deaths. More than 10,000 people are expected to die of melanoma this year. The risk ... one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in young women. A recent breakthrough in genetic ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... SHAWNEE, Kan. , April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Martabano , a senior from the University of ... winner of the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award ... veterinary schools, which were awarded a total of ... Over the last four years, Bayer has provided ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... 27, 2016 Global  urinalysis ... billion by 2022, according to a new report ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150105/723757 ) , ... efficiency and accuracy delivered by the new generation ... novel urinalysis instruments and consumables. For instance, the ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC ) invites you ... 41 st Annual Health Care Conference on Wednesday, May ... invited to listen to the live discussion via the internet ... http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/mr4uxgas . A recorded replay of the discussion will ... and accessible at the links above until August 1, 2016. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: