The last time you saw your doctor, were you counseled about diet and exercise? If not, it could be because he or she didn't think they had sufficient training to do so.
In a study published online in the journal Preventive Cardiology, trainee physicians and more experienced attending physicians were asked about their lifestyle habits and also whether they thought they had received adequate training in counseling patients about diet and exercise.
The study participants included 183 doctors, 56% of whom were residents or fellows and considered trainees, and 44% of whom were attending physicians. Both groups said they didn't eat enough fruit and vegetable and got little exercise.
Trainees said they ate more fast food than did attending physicians -- two fast-food meals per week compared with fewer than one -- and they exercised less. Among attending physicians, about 40% said they exercised four or more days per week, while only about 10% of trainees exercised that much. About 26% of attending physicians and about 8% of trainees reported getting more than 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week. Meditation and maintaining a regular yoga practice was a low priority for both groups.