Many doctors in the UK are unaware how best to coach their patients about healthy living habits. Very few are aware of such statistics as recommended exercise and most are looking for further training in the area. Previous methods of teaching new doctors are not addressing current issues such as obesity, leaving the problem unchecked for many patients.
- Most doctors are ill-equipped to tackle Britain’s increasing frequency of lifestyle-related diseases because they know worryingly little about how nutrition and exercise can improve health, a group of prominent medics has claimed.
- They warn that the government’s ambition to prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths from heart disease and cancer by 2020 will fail without a radical overhaul.
- Oliver said that, in a recent study of Edinburgh University medical students, just 14.9% knew how much exercise the UK chief medical officers recommended that adults should take in order to boost their health.
“There is a lack of knowledge and understanding of the basic evidence for the impact of nutrition and physical activity on health among the overwhelming majority of doctors.”