Even though providers often find it difficult to speak with their
patients about their weight, a new study shows that a physician recommendation
is effective in achieving weight loss results. The study, published in the Journal of Economics & Human Biology,
showed that patients who were recommended to lose weight by their physician
lost more weight on average compared to patients of doctors who didn’t provide
Sometimes the best advice is advice that is hard to hear.
The weight loss discussion can be uncomfortable for both the physician and the
patient. As a result, this necessary conversation is often avoided during a
doctor’s appointment. However, this study shows that, while awkward, the
recommendation can lead to promising results.
The study’s author, Joshua Berning, offers advice of his
own, “Physicians often don’t take the time to consult patients about being
overweight. They need to take the opportunity to interact with their patients.
Through an open dialogue, patients can find solutions to their health issues,
especially in terms of obesity.”
With health related matters, physicians are in the perfect
position make recommendations and suggestions on ways for their patient to lead
a healthier lifestyle, including weight loss. When receiving advice, often the
importance we place on the information depends on the source of the actual
advice. This study clearly shows that physicians can influence patients to take
action on their weight loss advice.
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Source: University of Georgia
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