Obesity can’t treat obesity; Research


Latest study showed that the doctors suffering from obesity are unable to help obese patients in reducing their weight.

This research has been done by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and published online in the January 19 issue of the journal Obesity.

Researchers surveyed 500 doctors. According to the study, less weight doctors can talk more about the weight loss. Moreover, patients showed more interest in losing the weight upon the advice of such doctors as compared to obese doctors.

Research also showed that probability of normal weight physicians of recording obesity is more than obese physicians.

“For me, the results raise a lot of questions,” study author Dr. Sara Bleich, an assistant professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told Time Healthland. “I’d be surprised if this behavior is intentional. I think a lot of it is subconscious. What this study suggests is that physical attributes of physicians have a much bigger contribution to their care of patients than I realized before.”

“For physicians, weight matters when it comes to obesity care,” Bleich said.

Research also showed that the confidence of normal weight physicians is more than obese ones in consultation with the patients. It also means that heavy body weight of doctors can be a hurdle for obesity care.


Sara N. Bleich, Wendy L. Bennett, Kimberly A. Gudzune and Lisa A. Cooper, (2012). Impact of Physician BMI on Obesity Care and Beliefs. Obesity, doi:10.1038/oby.2011.402