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Half of overweight pediatricians do not consider themselves overweight
Friday, April 01, 2005 2:35 am Email this article
"Nearly one-half (49%) of overweight pediatricians did not identify themselves as such," according to a new study. This may reduce the doctor's effectiveness in counseling overweight children to lose weight. Overweight male pediatricians 3.6 times more likely to misclassify themselves as females
Overweight male pediatricians were 3.6 times more likely than overweight female pediatricians to fail to identify themselves as overweight.
Average weight pediatricians reported the least problem counseling overweight children
Average weight pediatricians reported the least amount of difficulty in counseling overweight children.
“Thin” pediatricians reported 5.7 times more problems counseling overweight children
Pediatricians who classified themselves as “thin” reported 5.7 times more difficulties in counseling overweight children about losing weight as “average weight” pediatricians.
“Overweight” pediatricians reported 3.8 times more problems counseling overweight children
Pediatricians who classified themselves as “overweight” reported 3.8 times more difficulties in counseling overweight children about losing weight as “average weight” pediatricians.
A pediatrician’s misclassification of their own weight, which is perhaps a problem of self-perception, may affect their ability to identify overweight children and effectively help them lose weight.
This study also suggests to me that parents of overweight children may want to look for an average weight pediatrician to counsel their children about losing weight.
Perrin EM, Flower KB, Ammerman AS. Pediatricians’ own weight: self-perception, misclassification, and ease of counseling. Obes Res. 2005 Feb 1, 13(2):326-32.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Eliana M. Perrin
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
130 Mason Farm Road, Fifth Floor
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7220
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On Apr 03, 2005 at 5:39 am Randy Smith, MD wrote:
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This is very disturbing - medicine really ought to be more objective.
Randy Smith, MD
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