Heavier docs less likely to tackle patient weight
February 1, 2012
A physician's body mass index (BMI) may have an impact on how he or she cares for overweight and obese patients, according to a nationwide survey.
Physicians with normal BMIs were more likely to engage their patients in weight-loss conversations compared with those who were overweight or obese (30% versus 18%, P=0.010), reported Sara Bleich, PhD, and colleagues from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Medical Institutions in Baltimore.
The study, published online in Obesity, also found normal weight physicians had more confidence in their ability to provide counseling on diet (53% versus 37%, P=0.002) and exercise (56% versus 38%, P=0.001) compared with their overweight or obese colleagues.
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