The doctor’s health may weigh in
Research shows it might. In fact, a cross-sectional survey of 500 US primary care physicians has found that the doctors’ own body mass indexes (BMIs) played a significant role in the ways they addressed weight issues in their patients.
Physicians with a healthy BMI (<25) were more likely to engage their obese patients in weight loss discussions – 30% compared with 18% of physicians with a BMI at or above 25.
The ‘normal weight’ physicians were also more likely to diagnose a patient as obese if they perceived the patient’s BMI met or exceeded their own. In addition, they had greater confidence in their ability to provide diet and exercise counselling.