Treating Obesity

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.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  8 comments for “Treating Obesity

  1. big picture doc
    December 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Just saw a great new thing for kids. They wear a pedometer-like device on their wrists that monitors all movement, and it downloads to a program that they share with their friends online. The kids actually go out and exercise more if their friends are ahead of them in the game. Sure beats all the violent video games.

    • Doug Farrago
      December 27, 2012 at 7:08 am

      That’s actually intriguing.

  2. Marlene Sell
    December 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

    You guys are going about weight loss all wrong. Instead of trying to reduce appetite, you should be working on reducing a persons sense of taste. It it doesn’t taste good, people won’t eat it. When you figure out how to do that, I want some.

    • Richard W. Mondak
      December 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

      “Ahhh, how cute. I love it when the younguns have such hope and sparkle in their eyes. A sprinkle of time and smattering of cynicism will beat that out of them”. (D.F. – Dec 2012)

      Probably becaue these “younguns” haven’t had the pleasure of “Medical Substance and Device Representatives” bring them a full spread for the clinic staff — AND PROBABLY NEVER WILL — as long it is deemed that when rewarded with food and pens or other dumb pieces of dysfunctional plastic, we will feel compelled to purchase or prescribe.

      Unfortunately, it seems like the only ones having a positive effect on obesity are Bariatric Surgeons via the Primary Care Providers who refer their patients when years of trying non-surgical methods (which did not include amphetamines) were to no avail.

      • Kurt
        December 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm

        Even then. Only the highly motivated, morbidly obese have benefits. The half-assed, half-enthused public aider who has it paid for is much more likely to have a failure.
        I notice it takes 6 months to a year of education through the bariatric clinic before a procedure is done and I don’t blame them for that requirement.

        I have a “special” business card that says “Eat Shit and Die” It’s exactly what this country is doing.

        • Richard W. Mondak
          December 27, 2012 at 8:10 am


          Spot on, sir!

    • Pat
      December 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Then read the “Mealworms” post on this blog.

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