Hint: there’s more to it than simply telling patients to “eat a balanced diet.”
Walmart’s recently released list of most popular items by state is a reminder that processed foods and snacks such as chocolate, candy, mayonnaise, and Flaming Hot Cheetos have become staples of the average American’s diet.
Healthcare providers can help patients make better decisions about food, which has been found to have a more significant impact on weight and overall health than genetics and exercise alone. But the conversation can be difficult to broach. Providers walk a fine line between educating patients about the impact of diet on overall health and getting patients to talk to their providers without feeling judged or pressured.
Here are 11 strategies clinicians can use to discuss diet, nutrition, and weight in a way that will have a meaningful impact on their patients-and potentially significant results.