The Responsibility of Physicians In The Media

[ 0 ] July 2, 2014 |

There is a lot of responsibility that comes with being in the public eye. Anyone who goes on television has to be cautious with what they say because media today is world-wide, and instantaneous. Once something is said there is no taking it back.

WATCH as ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Richard Besser talks about the responsibility of physicians in the media:

“There is a major responsibility to provide people with information that’s fact based and science base,” says Besser.

When physicians on television present something to the public, he says, they need to differentiate to their audience whether that product is fact-based or opinion-based. TV physician Dr. Oz, for example, experienced some backlash from the media recently when he suggested some diet pills that weren’t as scientifically tested as they might have seemed. People take a public doctor’s advice very seriously, Besser explained, and if the information isn’t presented in the right way, there will be consequences for both the doctor and his audience of prospective patients.

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dr.-oz-weight-loss-pillsBesser says that when it comes to dieting and weight loss, the hard truth is that there is no easy route.

“If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true,” he says.

A miracle drug that could make you fit and healthy after one week would be ideal, but unfortunately it doesn’t exist and probably never will, Besser continues. The only way to properly lose weight and get in shape is to change your lifestyle. Eat healthy, exercise daily, and you will notice a difference. It may not be easy, but in the long run, it is definitely worth it.

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About Dr. Richard Besser: Dr. Richard Besser is ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor. Besser has been with ABC since 2009 and appears regularly on “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.” Previously he had [...]
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