A call for doctors to lead by example with respect to healthy eating habits and obesity. Quote:
Well, it turns out-as the authors note-that many decades ago it was the changing behaviors of doctors that pointed out to their patients that smoking was dangerous for their health. Once doctors learned of the dangers, they stopped smoking in the hospitals and many gave up smoking for good (yes, Virginia, doctors used to smoke). They were leaders by example.
Today, according to the article, in 2004 44% of physicians were overweight or obese. They also noted that a study of military physicians in residency training showed that over 3 years those doctors gained 4 pounds-and that is despite what I suspect was a lot of walking and other physical activity.
What is their proposed solution?
“Just as patients are advised to increase their consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, it is time to incorporate this advice into meals served in health care settings, so health care professionals can practice what they preach.”