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Should doctors prescribe fruit and vegetables to fight obesity?

Poll Results: 3,865 votes
Yes! A healthy diet is more effective than medication.
No. People should take that step on their own.
I'm not sure.

Read how some doctors are issuing "produce prescriptions" or coupons for farmers markets to patients.

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Ed V.
Monday May 25, 2015, 4:28 PM


Barbara V.
Monday May 25, 2015, 9:43 AM


Andrea A.
Monday May 11, 2015, 6:35 AM


M.N. J.
Thursday May 7, 2015, 2:49 AM

I am pretty sure that diabetic patients are given food restrictions. I don't see why doctors shouldn't give a prediabetic patient the same nutritional care that a diabetic gets, especially if the prediabetic can fend off the worse diagnosis with diet.

It might be particularly helpful for parents of obese children to receive "prescribed" instructions on diet.

Following that thought, why always give a list of things the patient cannot eat? Why not give an accompanying list of things they should eat?

It may seem like common sense, but so is taking aspirin or Tylenol when you have pain or using eye drops when your eyes are dry or flossing and brushing your teeth, and those are all examples of "non-prescription" things doctors "prescribe" all the time.

Further, we know how useful it is to rely on people to use common sense. (Not very.)

Andrea A.
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 3:15 PM


John B.
Thursday January 29, 2015, 1:35 AM


Aaron Bouchard
Saturday January 24, 2015, 1:45 PM

Yes! A healthy diet is more effective than medication.

Magdalena J.
Friday January 2, 2015, 7:36 AM

Thank you!

Andrea A.
Saturday November 1, 2014, 6:05 AM


Sue H.
Thursday September 11, 2014, 8:08 PM


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