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.

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