“Move more, eat less”: this is the kind of advice that continues to be given to obese people by doctors. At least that’s what reveals a team of researchers from the University of Oxfordafter listening to nearly 160 audio recordings of general practitioners who saw patients with obesity.
Their study, taken up by Eating well magazinepoints out that only 20% of healthcare professionals whose consultations were listened to provided specific advice adapted to their patients. The rest was content with vague advice, such as paying more attention to what to eat, taking the stairs more often, tracking your calorie intake via an app,… As if it was enough to make an effort to regulate the ‘obesity.
Psychological and nutritional support
As recalls the site of the health insurance, obesity may be linked to excessive caloric intake and insufficient daily energy expenditure. But she also reminds us that it is a chronic disease. Furthermore, she notes that: Genetic factors are sometimes involved in the development of obesity. Thus, children of obese parents have a greater risk of becoming overweight. Some rare genetic diseases can also be accompanied by obesity. »
Medicines, illnesses or periods of life can lead to obesity. It is accompanied by psychological problems, discrimination, loss of self-esteem. What the study by British researchers points out is the importance of supporting patients with precise advice with the help of nutrition professionals and psychological support.
Sources: Nuffield department of primary care health science, Eating Well