Come On, Doc, Tell Me How To Lose Weight

Filed under: Study — @ July 17, 2006

A new study conducted by Dr. Daisy Tan from the Fairfield Hospital in Sydney, Australia, surveyed 227 patients while they were in the waiting room of their doctor’s office to poll them about their expectations regarding the medical advice that would be provided to them that day.

Although 81 percent of the patients who were a part of the survey were considered obese, about one-third (28 percent) of them said their doctor had NOT told them that they need to lose weight. Furthermore, the survey included 70 patients who were were considered overweight, but just one in five of them had received any weight loss advice at all.

bq. What a crying shame, although most physicians never move away from the failed low-fat/low-calorie/portion-control dietary advice they’ve been giving to their patients for decades. This is disturbing since the survey also found that over 80 percent of the patients automatically accept the eating and fitness advice from their doctor as the best solutions for dealing with their weight and at least attempt to follow them. Additionally, over three-fourths (78 percent) desire regular follow-up visits for their doctor to monitor their progress.

In other words, whatever the doctor says a patient needs to do to lose weight, the overwhelming majority of them follow that advice to the letter without ever questioning if that recommendation is right for them. Close to eight out of ten patients EXPECT their general practitioner to help them do something about their weight. But less than half (46 percent) feel their doctors are investing enough time with this issue to address it.

bq. There are no easy answers to these issues, but I do believe doctors should stop beating around the bush about their patients’ weight problems and start offering them multiple options for attacking the obesity issue with individualized methods that work well for the individual. The decades-old “one-size-fits-all” mentality of the low-fat diet is the biggest joke of our lifetime, but now we know better. I don’t believe low-carb is for everyone, but we need to begin helping people find their way to manage their weight and keep it off for good. Isn’t this a cause worth pursuing? I definitely think so and so should your doctor.

Click here to read more results from Dr. Tan’s study and why this issue is taking the medical profession down a dangerous slippery slope in the coming years.


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