A study was published online Dec. 20 in the journal BMJ Open surveyed 500 primary-care doctors across the United States and asked them their views on the causes of obesity, their ability to treat obese patients, ways to improve obesity care and which health professionals are most qualified to care for obese patients. The results show that 44 percent of primary-care doctors say they’ve helped obese patients lose weight. Really? Talk about perception versus reality. Then why is 2/3 of this country overweight or obese? Also, it turns out that docs who completed medical school more recently reported feeling more successful helping obese patients lose weight. Ahhh, how cute. I love it when the youngens have such hope and sparkle in their eyes. A sprinkle of time and smattering of cynicism will beat that out of them.