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The Kitchen as Clinic

“Food is at the center of health and illness and so doctors must make all aspects of it—growing, buying, cooking, eating—a mainstay of their personal lives and practices.”

“If there was ever a time when doctors need to be as handy with a peeling knife as they are with a scalpel, this may be it. The draft version of the federal government’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines, which will be formally released in December, identifies obesity as the nation’s greatest public-health threat. It also notes the relationship of fast food (and physical inactivity) to unhealthy weight gain and emphasizes the importance of plant-based foods in the diet. … Dr. Willett cited surveys showing that during examinations of obese patients, doctors often don’t remark on overweight as a health issue.”


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