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Solving the obesity epidemic and its downstream health consequences depends on preventive efforts at the individual, community and public health level. Physicians and allied health professionals are at the frontline of advising patients on nutrition and weight; however there is currently a major knowledge gap:
Only 29% of US medical schools offer the recommended 25 hours of nutrition education
Over 4 years of medical school, the average number of hours devoted to nutrition is 19.6
MD/DO grads entering pediatric training scored on average 52% on a basic nutrition test
Just 14% of practicing physicians feel adequately trained in nutrition counseling
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