Study: Nutritional education not properly part of doctors' education

KYW Staff
October 21, 2019 - 2:45 pm
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A disturbing report finds that despite the importance of educating people about proper diet, medical schools tend to not devote much time to teaching future doctors about nutritiom. 

Researchers analyzed data from 24 previously published studies that focused on medical students' nutrition knowledge and confidence in their ability to counsel patients on diet, and the report found that nutritional education was poorly incorporated into medical education regardless of country, setting, or year of education. 

As a result, the importance of nutrition for a healthy lifestyle is not reinforced with patients the way it needs to be.