Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Doctors are thinner and healthier, right?

My father used to say, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Followed by: “That’s an order.”

Melinda Beck (WSJ, May 25, 2010), says 40% of male physicians are overweight, and 23% are obese (this is 43% and 23% in the average population).

Doctors use hormone replacement more than their patients do.

Doctors are less likely to have a primary care physician—and more apt to abuse prescription drugs.

Doctors who watch calories and exercise are more likely to recommend this—and more likely to be believed.

More than half of Harvard med professors exercise three times a week for 30-60 minutes a session.

Only 203% smoke, compared with 24% of the rest of us.

Both male and female doctors are more likely to drink alcohol, but are less likely to binge.

Almost half of the Harvard docs ate fast food a couple of times a week (42%).

Half of female docs said they would take the pill.

Many docs also “wing it.” They take sample meds and if they get a worrisome symptom, ask a colleague about it over lunch.

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