Doctors: Think Twice Before Talking About Your Fitness

Doctors used to think that if they weren’t a role model of healthy behaviors that they were failing in their role as a physician. Doctors who smoked or failed to look fit were criticized for virtually saying to patients, “Do as I say, not as I do”.

However, the latest research reveals that Doctors who speak about success in their own pursuit of fitness risk offending patients and team members.

People seem to like when their physicians define wellness broadly, and show interest in the patient. Doctors who disclose their commitment to fitness in their own lives can at times be seen to shame patients who possess elevated weight or poor health habits. At Kaiser, patients were found to be more likely to choose a physician who did not advertise their own wellness accomplishments, rather than a physician who did.

What do you think physicians should say when they want to inspire you to reach a wellness goal?

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When Your Doctor is Fitter Than You Are

By Lauren C. Howe, Well Column, New York Times, July 13, 2017.

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