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Heavy Doctors Less Likely to Discuss Weight Issues

Posted by PCF Admin on February 8th, 2012 | No Comments »

Wellness - A recently published study has found that overweight doctors are less likely to discuss weight loss with obese patients than those with normal body mass indexes (BMIs). The study also found that 37 percent of overweight doctors vs. 53 percent of doctors with normal BMIs were confident in their ability to provide patients with effective counseling about their diet or exercise (38 percent vs. 56 percent.) The researchers surveyed 498 family doctors, internists and general practitioners early last year. One of the most significant findings revealed that 93 percent of physicians of normal body weight reported that they would be more likely to identify an obese patient when the person is as large or larger than they are. On the other hand, only 7 percent of overweight or obese physicians affirmed this statement. Researchers speculate that doctors may have a skewed sense of what normal weight is if they are heavier themselves, or see many excessively overweight patients in their practices. Read the full article at NPR.

Power of Suggestion May Be Simple Exercise Motivator

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Exercise Daily - A recent study found that simply posting signs suggesting individuals take the stairs is successful in motivating people to skip the elevator. Each sign featured the messages “Burn calories, not electricity. Take the stairs." and "Walking up the stairs just 2 minutes a day helps prevent weight gain. It also helps the environment." Researchers tested their theory in three buildings in New York: a three-story health clinic, an eight-story academic site and a 10-story affordable housing ...

Images of Vegetables May Increase Student Consumption

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on February 7th, 2012 | No Comments »
Vegetable Bounty

Healthy Eating - You are what you eat, but do you eat what you see? In a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from the University of Minnesota compared the consumption of vegetables on two separate days by 800 kindergarten through fifth grade students. On the first day, the researchers observed how many vegetables the students took and how much of them were eaten. Then using trays with images of carrots and green ...

Tanning Salons Mislead Young Customers

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Save Your Skin - A recent Congressional report found that tanning salons have often been lying to customers in order to increase their business. From downplaying the risks of tanning to promoting health benefits that don’t exist, tanning salons are taking advantage of young ignorance to boost the $2.6 billion industry. Investigators found that of the 300 salons contacted, ninety percent told them indoor tanning posed no health dangers. Seventy-eight percent said that indoor tanning would actually improve health- preventing ...