Last year Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, said the NHS should set an example by helping its staff to lose weight.
Researchers surveyed 2100 adults across the UK and found that 9% of respondents were likely to take advice on diet and exercise from an overweight GP, while 48% said that they were less likely or much less likely to do so.
Just 3% of respondents said they were less likely to take advice on exercising and maintaining a balanced diet from a GP with a healthy weight, while 59% said they were more likely to do so.
British Medical Journal (2015) News in Brief: Patients Are Likely To Take Healthy Living Advice From Overweight GPs. British Medical Journal. 17 January, 2015. 350:1-38 No 7991, pp.3.