A Failing Health Grade
A new survey from Ipsos reveals that most Americans don’t know how to eat properly and maintain a healthy weight, with more than half of the respondents failing a simple questionnaire designed to test their knowledge of diet and exercise.
In addition, though the vast majority said they would listen to a doctor’s advice if told to lose weight, only one-fifth of those surveyed have asked their physician if and how they should shed some pounds.
But it’s not all on the patient. Andrea Klemes, chief medical officer at MDVIP, a personalized health-care service provider and the company that partnered with Ipsos for this study, admits that, due to tight schedules, doctors often don’t have time to get into the weeds with their patients. Still, she concedes that more should be done to educate during routine checkups. Klemes recommends seeing where you stand by taking the Fat IQ Quiz on mdvip.com. She also suggests studying food labels and nutritional info and getting your basal metabolic rate tested.
The results of the survey are a wake-up call for Americans, Klemes warns. Putting the impact of a poor diet and excess weight into perspective, she adds: “If you were told four jumbo jets will crash, wouldn’t you want to stop it? That’s the equivalent of how many Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease (coronary heart disease).” Knowledge is an important first step to prevent yourself from becoming a statistic.