Patients see overweight doctors as less credible than “normal weight” doctors, a new study by Yale University researchers found.
No surprises there… it’s important to practice what you preach. But how much do a doctor’s own habits influence the advice they give to their patients? Smoking? Alcohol? Exercise? Many doctors smoke, are overweight, and have a hard time fitting exercise into their daily regimens. I see it already in medical school – if they can’t break those bad habits now, how will they change them as a busy resident?