Which physicians are the happiest and healthiest?

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Are general surgeons the most overweight among their colleagues, or are they the most honest?

The recently released Medscape's 2014 Physicians Lifestyle Report says nearly 50 percent of general surgeons would say they are overweight, while less than 25 percent of dermatologists say they are at an unhealthy weight.

This look into the personal lives of doctors is a comprehensive report based on the answers to the following questions from more than 30,000 physicians in the United States from nearly every field of medical practice - from cardiology, emergency medicine and family medicine to endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and physicians who specialize in infectious diseases.

  • Are male of female physicians more overweight?
  • Nearly 50 percent of male and more than 60 percent of female physicians are at a normal weight. Almost all of the other men are either overweight or obese, with a small fraction reporting they're underweight. About three percent of women say they are underweight.

  • Which diets do physicians choose?
  • Almost all of the doctors surveyed reported they follow a typical American or an American Heart Associated approved diet. The Mediterranean diet is also popular with the doctors, but only a fraction follow a Paleo, Gluten-free or Vegan diet.

  • Where do physicians eat out?
  • According to the survey, the majority of physicians who do eat out favor middle-level local restaurants. Less than 20 percent of underweight, normal weight, and overweight doctors admit to eating fast food.

  • Which physicians take supplements?
  • When it comes to taking supplements, more woman than men use them. More than 60 percent of the doctors over 45 use supplements, compared to nearly 50 percent of those under 45.

  • What supplements do physicians take?
  • The greatest number of those surveyed say they take multivitamins, vitamin D, Omega 3 fatty acids or calcium. A very small fraction said they use Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng or energy supplements or drinks.

  • Which physicians take more than four weeks of vacation?
  • The answers to this question varied widely. Around 50 percent of anesthesiologists and radiologists surveyed said they take more than four weeks vacation each year. In every other field surveyed, less than 30 percent take that much vacation.

  • Do physicians volunteer?
  • Many physicians do volunteer. A large portion of the doctors surveyed said they either do pro-bono clinical work, international missions or work with religious organizations and the homeless. Less than 30 percent of both men and woman admit they never volunteer.

  • Are physicians happier at home or work?
  • A majority of the doctors are happy at both work and home. Very few said they were very unhappy in either realm.

  • Which physicians are the happiest?
  • More ophthalmologists said they were happiest at home than respondents in any other field. More dermatologists surveyed were happiest at work than any other field.

  • What percentage of physicians exercise at least twice a week?
  • More than 70 percent of doctors at a normal weight, nearly 60 percent of the overweight, and 40 percent of the obese admit to exercising at least twice each week.

  • Which physicians rank their health as good to excellent?
  • More good news here: More than 80 percent of the doctors surveyed in each field would judge their own health as good or excellent.

  • How much do physicians drink per week?
  • Barely five percent of men and women surveyed said they drink more than twice each week. A majority of respondents said they rarely drink or don't drink at all.

    The survey asked eight more questions, including how likely physicians are to marry, who is most spiritual and who has the most savings. Check out the full report from Medscape on their website here: http://bit.ly/1bl70e0

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