Robert Schwartz, M.D. - The Need For Clinical Nutrition in Medical School
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The epidemic rise of nutrition-related chronic illness in our younger and older generations drives home the need for primary care medicine to expand its role in diagnosing nutrition-related causes of disease and recommending lifestyle changes to reduce those risks. One of the obstacles to this has been the limited teaching of clinical nutrition in medical school and residency training programs. A shift has begun to occur to address this important issue and enhance the physician’s role in clinical nutrition in order to prevent and treat chronic disease, in particular obesity and its related conditions.