Doctors are less likely to empathize with overweight and obese patients: Study

Doctors were less likely to convey “empathy, legitimation, concern, reassurance, partnership, and self-disclosure” during the course of the patient visit.

Doctors “operate at an emotional distance” from overweight and obese patients indicated  by audio recordings make in exam rooms.

 

 

 

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World’s first stairlift for obese pets

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Now your dogs weight won’t impede his mobility. Is that a good thing?

With news that more and more pets are joining the growing ranks of the obese (spurred by too much processed food, sedentary culture and architecture) it’s only a matter of time before someone thought of designing a stairlift for these unfortunate animals, just like their human counterparts.

In a country where observers are predicting over half of its dogs will be obese by 2022, the Daily Mail reports that a UK-based insurance company is prototyping a device that will help pudgy pets climb stairs, which they’re calling “Stair Lift of the Dog 2022″…

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Almost 1 in 5 Young Adults in the U.S. Has High Blood Pressure

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Being overweight or obese is a well-known risk factor for high blood pressure.

Expanding waistlines and higher body mass index of young adults are causing unexpected problems, including an increase in diabetes, kidney disease and even arthritis say federal health officials.

 

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United States is Fattest Nation Among 33 Countries

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Two thirds of American’s are overweight or obese.

The United States is the fattest nation among 33 countries with advanced economies, according to a report out today from an international think tank.Two-thirds of people in this country are overweight or obese; about a third of adults — more than 72 million — are obese, which is roughly 30 pounds over a healthy weight.

 

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Overweight Kids Get Less Help From the Family With Buying a Car

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Students with an average BMI of 23 received assistance from parents to purchase a car.

Parents may be less willing to shell out the cash to help their child buy a car if that child is overweight or obese, new research shows.  The findings provide yet more evidence that heavier people face discrimination on many fronts, Amanda Kraha and Dr. Adriel Boals of the University of North Texas in Denton conclude in their report.

 

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30% of Overweight American’s Think They Are Thinner Than They Really Are

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30% of overweight people thought they were in the normal range.

Many Americans have skewed perceptions when it comes to their weight, often believing they are thinner than they really are, even when the scales are shouting otherwise, a new poll finds.As part of the Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey, respondents were asked to provide their height and weight, from which pollsters calculated their body-mass index (BMI), a ratio of weight to height. Respondents were then asked which category of weight they thought they fell into.

 

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6 Out of 10 Pet Dogs Are Too Fat

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Older owners were more likely to have overweight dogs and to give more snacks.

A majority of pet dogs are now too fat, according to a study that found six out of 10 adult dogs are classified as overweight or obese.  Risk factors which made dogs in the study more likely to be overweight included lack of exercise, being fed on table scraps, and being given too many snacks or treats.  Dogs were also more likely to be overweight if their owners were elderly or poorer – or, say the researchers, if the owners were themselves obese.

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