According to the facts and figures recently reported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, doctors are still not giving as much healthy eating advice to their obese patients as they should be.
Among the obese adults in America, only about half were advised by their doctor that they should cut down fatty foods. This rate has not changed significantly between the years 2002 and 2006. It was also noted that:
- Obese people of certain races such as Hispanics and blacks were less likely to receive counseling about their diet.
- Those obese adults who were from the poorer sections of society were less likely to be informed that they should cut down on high fat and high cholesterol foods.
- Also those that dropped out of school early were less likely to receive nutritional advice it was noted.
- This is in spite of the fact that it is black, Hispanics, people from the lower income groups and those with limited education are more and not less likely to be obese. This reflects on the access that American have to health care. It also reflects upon the disparities that exist in the matter of access to healthcare, based on race, ethnicity, income, and education.
Source: Medical News Today