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Dealing with Obesity in the Clinic

We recently had a great conversation with Andre Shinabarger, a Physician’s Assistant in Atlanta. She had some great thoughts on the role of medical professionals in the current childhood obesity crisis.

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Doctor's Office Conversations

Did you know that research shows that when doctors have a three-minute conversation about smoking with their patients that they are significantly more likely to quit? In a similar study, patients whose doctors spoke to them about their weight did a better job preventing further weight gain. It seems like something in that short conversation makes a difference. The problem is that very few people are being told that they are obese by their doctor. (Taken from NPR’s article Just Talking With Your Doctor Could Help You Lose Weight)

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