Is the obesity epidemic getting worse?
The foods that are available coupled with the lack of exercise are making the obesity epidemic worse, says Molly J. Coye, MD, chief innovation officer of the UCLA Health System. In this video, she talks about how doctors can help.
It certainly is continuing to get worse. And I think physicians themselves have a relatively mild effect on obesity.
This is a pattern in the society and in the culture, and that we're quite right, and the thing
we have to do to challenge that or to take on obesity, have more to do with the foods that are available.
It has a lot to do with exercise. I mean, this is a huge issue. And so the one thing that doctors or the medical system
can do, is in a sense, prescribe exercise and prescribe various programs.
Because there are programs that can really help. It just doesn't consist mostly of going and talking to your doctor. The physicians are not alone in this.
There are tremendous forces. A lot of consumer interest, school teachers, in terms of the school and the children's health,
there's a lot of interest in society in trying to eat more healthily, in trying to get more exercise.
If you put the burden on the docs, we're not going to be able to do it. But all of the physician organizations
are very strong supporters of this work. We were a big part of the movement about-- against smoking. So we'll play an important role, but nobody
should think that doctors are going to cure these social problems alone. [AUDIO LOGO]
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