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Would You Listen to an Overweight Doctor?

The following post was written by Nancy B. Kennedy, author of How We Did It: Weight Loss Choices that Will Work for You. Nancy also has a book coming out in only a few weeks, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors. You can follow Nancy’s blog for How We Did It at


Time magazine recently offered up an interesting fact: Doctors who are a healthy weight are more likely to talk to you about your weight than doctors who are overweight. 

In a Mayo Clinic study about how doctors cared for their overweight patients, 30 percent of doctors who were a healthy weight brought up the subject, but only 18 percent of overweight or obese doctors addressed the topic. And who can blame them? If I were the patient, I know what I’d be thinking: Hypocrite!

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