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Daily Sound Bite: Doctors To Actively Instruct Patients on Weight-Loss

In the face of high obesity rates, a group of medical organizations including the American Heart Association and the Obesity Society this week recommended doctors enact a regimen of helping patients understand their weight loss needs and options.

A group of medical organizations including the American Heart Association and the Obesity Society this week recommended doctors enact a regimen of helping patients understand their weight loss needs and options. In the face of high obesity rates, doctors are encouraged to calculate patients' BMI during visits, devise a whight loss plan and recommend counseling. Dr. Tim Church, a researcher at Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center, said: 

I feel for these guys. They have patients who come in and ask them about the latest fad diet. They're not trained in this stuff and they're not comfortable [recommending particular diets or weight-loss plans].

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