Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Take Care of Me

The NY Times has summarized a study that came out in the June issue of the American Journal of Medicine. Comparisons were made with a similar health survey done about twenty years ago. Here is basically what they found:

  • Obesity is up from 28% to 36%

  • Smoking is about the same

  • Moderate drinking went from 40% to 51%

  • Those that eat the proper amount of fruits/veggies dropped from 42% to 26%

  • The number of people who get NO physical activity doubled

What amazes me is that at the same time more Americans complain that they want free healthcare they are taking care of themselves less and less. Where is the personal accountability or responsibility of the individual? I can't tell you how often I have to say the following during my office visits:

"Ask not what your doctor can do for you, ask what you can do for yourself."


Pat said...

More evidence that, suporting my my clinical experience, we're never going to win another war.

Anonymous said...

Amen, Dr. Farrago.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Agree, agree, agree. People want us to have some miracle pill which will cure them, as opposed to, say, actually trying to take care of themselves.

Anonymous said...

Prescribe a lifestyle change not a pill!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, most primary care doctors are beating the drum of diet and exercise at every office visit. Do you ignore the hypertension for years while the patient ignores your advice? No, you put them on medication and tell them for the 2984039th time to see the nutritionist, get on a diet program , lose the darn weight, put down the cigarettes, get some exercise, etc etc. America got this way ignoring their doctors' advice.