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Which Physicians Are the Most Overweight?

by Dr. Sharon Orrange on February 5, 2014 at 1:57 pm

In the most recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report on obesity, about 35% of the US population is obese.

For those of us in primary care, obesity is the new tobacco and we have several conversations a day about lifestyle changes for weight loss and exercise. We can talk the talk . . . but do we walk the walk? These facts were surprising to me:

  •  34% of physicians are overweight.

  •  Which specialty is the most overweight? General surgeons report being the most overweight physicians, with 49% confessing to being overweight to obese. Yipes. Maybe the surgeons have the least amount of time to exercise, hmmmm.

  •  Family physicians follow closely with 48% being obese.

  •  Which docs are the least obese? This may not be surprising as many of these docs are involved in “cosmetics:” dermatologists are the least heavy, with less than a quarter of them (23%) being obese.

  •  The second place winner for the “least obese” are the eye doctors. Only 29% of ophthalmologists are obese. They have a great lifestyle, they have great hours and make good money.

  •  Fast food. In a recent Gallup poll, 80% of Americans report eating out at a fast food restaurant at least monthly and half eat fast food at least weekly (yipes). Of the heavier physicians more eat fast-food compared to “healthier weight” physicians. No surprise there.

  •  What physicians are happiest? Dermatologists and eye doctors (ophthalmologists) are most content at home, with 70% saying they are content. Dermatologists are the happiest at work.

  •  The least happy doctors at work are emergency medicine (I think that’s because they don’t really form relationships with their patients) and family physicians (the least money I think).

  •  Exercise. Fifty eight percent of physicians exercise 3 or more times a week. Ok, that’s good. The heavier physicians exercised less, no surprise.

Interesting, no?

Dr O.


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