Medical students learn almost nothing about nutrition and lifestyle

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The majority of the patients who modern doctors meet suffer from lifestyle-related diseases, yet students in med school are hardly taught anything about diet and lifestyle interventions.

So it’s about time the curriculum catches up with reality, say medical students.

They say what they are taught is not practical or relevant to most of the medical problems they see in GP surgeries, clinics and hospitals.

A leading GP estimated that up to 80% of his patients had conditions linked to lifestyle and diet.

These included obesity, type 2 diabetes and depression.

BBC News: We learn nothing about nutrition, claim medical students

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3 Comments

  1. Karen
    Good morning. Love this article. Thank-you for posting.
  2. Vince
    I've heard about the problem before and it really is concerning. The worst part is that patients will often assume that doctors do have some nutritional knowledge.
  3. MIRIAM
    I'm sure this will come as no surprise to anyone who has had any experience with mainstream medicine. When I weighed 97 kilos my local GP surgery - doctors and nurses - did not even mention my weight as a cause for concern.

    Beware, though, one of the links in the BBC article: 'Top five celeb diets to avoid in 2018, according to dieticians': http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42264838

    and guess what? Included in the British Dietetic Association's (BDA) '5 celeb (!) diets to avoid' are the Ketogenic Diet and the Pioppi Diet.

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