To the Editor.
—In his article entitled "Futility and Avoidance: Medical Professionals in the Treatment of Obesity,"1 Dr Frank compares physicians' attitudes toward obesity with their attitudes toward other chronic disorders. The difference is probably due to the feeling of competence most physicians have when faced with a patient with diabetes or a patient with any other chronic disorder for which treatment protocols have been specified.2 If obesity is to be treated in the same manner as any other chronic disorder, it is vital that treatment protocols be formed and made known. This will give physicians a clear idea of the state of the art regarding obesity treatment and stengthen their feeling of competence in treating their obese patients.3
Schachter L. Futility and Avoidance: Medical Professionals in the Treatment of Obesity. JAMA. 1993;270(12):1422. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510120044014