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Generic Advice Doesn’t Help Patients Drop Pounds

When it comes to losing weight, doctors’ messages to their patients can make a powerful difference, according to new research from Duke University.

Participants in the study had only modest weight loss when doctors gave generic advice such as “you should exercise more.” They fared much better when doctors instead provided specific instructions.

“Just telling somebody to lose weight or improve their diet or physical activity didn’t work,” said study co-author Gary Bennett, a professor of psychology at Duke. “The doctor should instead encourage patient participation in a specific program.”

Read more at today.duke.edu

 

Published on July 21, 2022