We hate to toot our own horn at Smart for Life, but this is one trend we're happy to see.
Dr. Sass, the founder of Smart for Life, has long preached that obesity & nutrition needs to be brought back into the hands of medical professionals. With quick weight loss diets and dangerous low-calorie meal plans popping up every day, it's important to know where the information is coming from.
According to a study by a group of 125 leading researchers at the U.S. Burden of Disease Collaborators, poor diet is the leading cause of both death and disability in the United States. Despite this, only 12% of visits to doctors' offices include counseling about diet, according to research from the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
The diet industry in America is a $66 billion industry, but most of that money is not going to doctors offices.
This problem isn't exclusive to an aging population either. Non-communicable diseases(NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension and many cancers are linked to poor diets. NCDs are the highest cause of adult mortality in the US, accounting for 70% of premature deaths globally. The WHO argues that most premature NCD deaths are preventable with key diet changes.
So why aren't we seeking nutritional advice from medical professionals like we should?
Even though 94% of physicians feel nutrition is important, only 14% feel comfortable talking about it with their patients, according to the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The problem starts with lack of nutritional education during medial training. The Journal of Biomedical Education found that less than 1/3rd of medical schools in the U.S. teach the recommended 25 hours of nutrition content over four years of classroom education.
Smart for Life has been working hard for over 15 years to train Doctors and their staff to consult on best practices in nutrition. With over 50 doctors trained, and numerous medical clinics across the country, we're delighted to see more healthcare professionals turning a careful eye to nutritional studies.
If you'd like to consult a medical professional regarding your nutrition, vist www.smartforlife.doctor or call our Boca Raton Clinic at 561-338-3999 and ask for Renata or Ana!