A new study shows that people should reach out to doctor’s support for a successful weight loss. The research suggests that unhealthy behavior could be overcome, through your physician’s involvement.
A recent survey was issued on approximately 300 obese people, which pointed out that those who trusted and resorted to their personal physician’s valuable support were able to lose weight twice as much as those who didn’t.
Generally speaking, some people could achieve losing weight on their own, but those who were assisted by medical experts were even more inclined and motivated to lose weight.
The report was published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling, by the Johns Hopkins Practice-based Opportunities for Weight Reduction researchers. This reported wrote that the “stars” of the issue were each obese person’s care physicians.
An assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Wendy Bennett, said that the satisfactory results in weight loss were linked to excellent doctor-patient relationships, via good communication techniques, trust, cooperation and empathy. These patterns were key elements for obese people to reach their goal of losing weight.
During the Johns Hopkins’ Practice-based Opportunities for Weight Reduction trial, obese people were monitored during a two-year observation routine, while their efforts of losing weight were recorded in relation with support from their health coaches – their physicians.
The results were obvious and concise. Patients who claimed their personal physicians were the most helpful and respectful towards them, explaining everything clearly, were able to lose approximately 11 pounds, 6 pounds more than those who rated their physician’s helpfulness not that high. These findings were the outcome of a survey, where respondents were asked to rate their overall experience with their doctors. Questions from the survey were in relation with how clearly tactics were explained, how respectful the physicians were, and how helpful were the physicians on the trial, generally speaking.
The 347 interviewed people were 63 percent female, approximately 40 percent were African-American and, besides being obese, they displayed serious illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
So it seems that teamwork plays a key role in obese people losing weight, as statistics show that more than 1/3 of adult Americans are obese and need to reach out for help.
Prof. Bennett finally pointed out that their trial supported the fact that the physician-patient excellent relationship was essential to patients’ efforts of losing weight.
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