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Medical School Establishes Obesity Course

Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2004

Medical schools beginning to understand lifestyle and certain diseases are related.

"The students learn how to manage overweight and obese patients non-judgmentally and counsel adults and children to make healthy lifestyle choices," the North Carolina-based medical school said in a statement.

"Duke is one of the first medical schools in the country to establish an obesity management course for medical students," added Dr. Jarol Boan, an assistant professor of medicine and surgery, who set up the month-long course.
"Physicians have typically had very little exposure to obesity treatment. Part of the reason for this is that obesity is not considered a disease, so students don't get training for obesity," Dr. Boan said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that obesity is quickly gaining on smoking as the leading cause of death in the United States, taking 400,000 lives a year.

"There's an obesity epidemic, and students need to be able to deal with the real world,"

Source: Diabetes In Control

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