Physician perceptions affect obesity counseling, study finds

02/11/2013 | HealthDay News

Physicians who believe that overeating causes obesity were more likely to tell patients to cut back on portion sizes and calorie consumption, while those who believe sugary drinks cause the condition were more likely to urge patients to reduce intake, a study found. The results in Preventive Medicine suggest that doctors' perception of obesity causes may influence their weight-loss advice, and that education for physicians may help improve the nutritional counseling they provide.

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