The article, posted by Lean On Life, states that doctors can better help obese or overweight patients depending on their own beliefs.
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Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) February 13, 2013
Lean On Life, a leading healthy lifestyle website with the latest on weight loss, nutrition and fitness has supported a recent study that looks at the relationship between doctors’ obesity beliefs and the advice they provide their patients.
The article, posted by Lean On Life, states that doctors can better help obese or overweight patients depending on their own beliefs. The site claims that a doctor who believed that obesity is a cause of overeating was more likely to advocate portion control, more physical activity, and a reduced consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.
The study cited was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It examined 500 primary-care physicians and asked the doctors about their beliefs regarding obesity, and the type of advice they are likely to give their patients regarding the disease.
Lean On Life points out that doctors often treat the symptoms in patients rather than the disease. Instead, the site advises that doctors advocate for smaller food portions, reducing processed foods, eliminating sugary beverages altogether and increasing physical activity. Through these changes, doctors can help their patients overcome their obesity.
Instead of treating symptoms of obesity, the study found that small lifestyle changes are key to fighting the disease. For instance, the study claims that doctors should recommend changes like “reading nutrition labels, avoiding high-calorie ingredients when cooking, avoiding high calorie menu items when eating out, reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, and reducing portion size.”
Lean On Life is a healthy lifestyle website that provides expert-driven knowledge from doctors, nutritionists, fitness trainers and life coaches. The site takes a hands-on approach to making weight-loss, healthy eating and fitness a simple achievable lifestyle change.