Sep 2, 2009 1:17 PM by Bea Karnes

Doctors frustrated treating obese patients

An estimated 30% of Americans are obese -- and now a new study finds many doctors have negative feelings about treating them.

Researchers from New York University School of Medicine surveyed close to 400 of their own colleagues practicing all types of medicine.

More than 40% said they have a 'negative reaction' to obese patients and most felt treating them is 'very frustrating.' While 56% felt qualified to treat obesity, only 46% felt they successfully treated patients.

The study was published in the journal BMC Health Services Research.



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