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Doctors Don't Tell Obese Patients to Lose Weight

Most doctors don't tell their obese patients they need to lose weight, despite a national obesity epidemic, according to the CDC. Only about 40 percent of doctors told their obese patients to lose weight in 2000, down from 43 percent in 1994. While this may not sound like much of an issue, patients who were advised to lose weight were nearly three times more likely to drop the excess pounds than those who did not have the discussion with their doctor. Some doctors have said they don't have enough formal training about obesity to feel confident in counseling their patients to lose weight.

The good news is that overweight and obesity are nearly 100 percent preventable and if you fall into this category, you can help yourself by:

Yahoo! News April 19, 2004

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