A new study found that obese patients don’t receive formal weight-management plans from their doctors. Amy Norton of Reuters reports:Clunky doctor-patient relationships don’t surprise me anymore. Given the amount of medical misinformation out there, you’ve got to question the exchange. Here’s what I mean.
The researchers reviewed the medical records of 9827 patients seen at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, between November 2004 and October 2005. A total of 2543 of these patients were obese.I’m a layman, so maybe I’m missing something, but as a doctor, if you have an obese patient, how do you overlook their girth? What do you do, skip it and move on to something easier to fix? Maybe so, check out this quote from Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live:
Principal investigator Dr. Warren G. Thompson, and his colleagues, found that only 505, or about one in five obese patients had their condition formally documented. However, patients who did have a formal diagnosis of obesity were 2.5 times more likely to be given a plan of treatment, such as diet changes and exercise goals.
Obese patients who were older or male were less likely to have their condition documented, whereas patients who were morbidly obese, had diabetes mellitus, or obstructive sleep apnea, were more likely to be formally diagnosed, according to the study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings journal.
For most people, illness means putting their fate in the hands of doctors and complying with their recommendations—recommendations that typically involve taking drugs for the rest of their lives while they watch their health gradually deteriorate. People are completely unaware that most illnesses are self-induced and can be reversed with aggressive nutritional methods.I guess this is part of the same paradox as doctors who smoke.