Obesity

12:58pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Fat Doctors Make Fat Patients Feel Better, And Worse

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 3:28 pm

Dr. Michael Fleming, past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, considered himself obese when this photo was taken in 2004. He led efforts by doctors to lose weight.
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People who are overweight or obese often feel like they're getting dissed by doctors.

So you'd think that a fat doctor would understand. Well, yes and no.

Patients are more apt to trust overweight doctors when it comes to diet advice, a study finds.

But they're also more likely to feel that the overweight doctor is judging them about their weight.

This contradictory bit of data is the latest to reveal the complex attitudes that doctors and patients have about weight and how best to deal with it.

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12:40pm

Tue May 28, 2013
The Salt

Oh, This Is Fattening? Teens Ignore Fast Food Calorie Counts

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:28 am

Teen boys are far less likely than girls to check out calorie counts before biting into that burger, researchers say.
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"Make that a large fry and Coke!"

This is what came out of my 13-year-old son's mouth this weekend on the way back from a camping trip.

After I'd ordered him a kids' meal at the drive-thru, he interjected to change the order. (I let it go, this time, since he's lean and we don't frequently eat fast food.)

But think of those extra calories. Or not.

Apparently, not too many boys his age are inclined to check out calorie counts (or other calorie information) when they eat out.

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1:31am

Mon May 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

For Many, Affordable Care Act Won't Cover Bariatric Surgery

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 2:00 pm

Evidence is growing that bariatic surgery reduces health risks of obesity.
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Uninsured Americans who are hoping the new health insurance law will give them access to weight loss treatments are likely to be disappointed.

That's especially the case in the Deep South, where obesity rates are among the highest in the nation, and states will not require health plans sold on the new online insurance marketplaces to cover medical weight loss treatments like prescription drugs and bariatric surgery.

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1:30am

Mon May 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

Overweight People Are More Apt To Ditch Doctors

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 6:08 am

Going to the doctor may be uncomfortable for people who are worried about weight.
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Patients struggling with obesity can have a tough time finding the right doctor, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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4:03pm

Thu May 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

The Weight Of A Med Student's Subconscious Bias

More than a third of medical students in a North Carolina study had a bias against overweight people.
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Quite a few medical school students have something against obese people, and most of those who have such a bias are unaware of it.

That's the conclusion of study appearing in the July issue of Academic Medicine. It was conducted at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. The study's author says the subconscious judgments could affect how patients are treated.

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