Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Public Less Trusting of Diet Advice from Overweight Doctors

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Public Less Trusting of Diet Advice from Overweight Doctors

Article excerpt

New research commissioned by rSPH has revealed that the weight of a professional does affect the likelihood that the public will listen to them about lifestyle health advice, particularly around diet and exercise.

Key findings indicate that fewer than 1 in 10 (9%) people would take advice on diet and exercise from an overweight general practitioner (GP), whereas nearly two-thirds (59%) would take advice from a GP with a healthy weight. Similarly, just over half are more likely to take advice from a fitness instructor who is a healthy weight, whereas just 5% would listen to one who is overweight. in general, the public are much less likely to take diet and exercise advice from healthcare and other professionals who are either overweight or obese.

Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive of rSPH, said that the weight of the messenger appears to be crucial when it comes to the public heeding lifestyle advice: 'it is clear that the public are more inclined to take advice from those of us who are a healthy weight. …

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