• The new study, published in the British Journal of General Practice Open, concludes that doctors’ own lifestyles influence their preventive counselling about physical activity.

    The authors questioned doctors who were taking part in the Longitudinal Study of Norwegian Medical Students and Doctors.

    Of the 526 medics who responded, 307 (58%) said they usually or often probed their patients about their exercise habits.

    Meanwhile doctors were less likely to ask patients about their drinking habits, with only 27% asking their patients about how much they drink.

    The study, led by experts from the University of Oslo, concludes: “The more physically active doctors were, the more they counselled on physical activity.

    “No association was found between doctors’ own alcohol habits and frequency of counselling on alcohol.”