Question About Exercise? Don’t Ask Your Doctor
Got a question about exercise or nutrition? Don’t ask your doctor; chances are three to one that she won’t have an answer, and if she did, she doesn’t think it’s her job to talk about such things. The Washington Post reports that a recent poll of doctors revealed that fewer than one-eighth of visits to physicians include any nutrition counseling, and fewer than 25 percent of physicians believe they have sufficient training to talk to patients about diet or physical activity. And the number of hours devoted to teaching future physicans about nutrition in medical school has actually declined recently, from 22.3 in 2004 to 19.6 in 2009.