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Doctors’ View of Obesity Causes Affects Their Advice On It

Fibro Daily February 12, 2013

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health just released a study about obesity and how doctors view it. Specifically, the way a doctor views the source(s) of obesity. If a doctor believes that overeating causes obesity, he or she will give nutritional counseling that calls for modification of nutritional habits.

If a doctor believes sugary soda is the main source, he or she may only advise cutting out soda and other sugary drinks.

Lead author of the study and an associate professor with the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health Policy and Management, Sara Bleich, PhD, said: “Improved primary care physician education related to the causes of obesity may be a feasible strategy for increasing the frequency of nutritional counseling–particularly concrete dietary tips that primary care physicians can easily share with their patients.”

Preventive Medicine features the study in their February 2013 issue. The study is called, “Do physician beliefs about causes of obesity translate into actionable issues on which physicians counsel their patients?” and was written by Sara N. Bleich, Kimberly A. Gudzune, Wendy L. Bennett and Lisa A. Cooper.

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