How many people get diet advice from their physicians? My personal experience has been that most docs do not mention it – even though the internet is teeming with advice – some legitimate but more often nonsense.
Why isn’t there more attention paid by medical professionals to one of the most historic public health issues the world has ever seen – that being the obesity and childhood obesity health problems, often referred to as an epidemic? At last count, in the U.S. there has been an alarming percentage of people with either obesity issues or its cousin, diabetes/ pre-diabetes type 2 with no real solutions in sight.
Based on the latest statistics from the CDC:
- The prevalence of obesity was 39.8% and affected about 93.3 million of US adults in 2015~2016.
- Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death.
- The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
People listen to their doctors (or should) but when nutrition is not mentioned as part of at least a routine visit, it tends to minimize its importance for overall health and well -being. At the same time, segments of the public health community are screaming that obesity is the latest scourge to our heath.
There is a distinct “disconnect” as stated in the following article.