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    Which Doctors Are Happiest? Healthiest?

    Medscape Poll: What Doctors Are Like When the White Coat Comes Off

    Doctors' Weight, Doctors' Exercise

    More than 1 in 3 male doctors and over 1 in 4 female doctors say they are overweight.

    And obesity isn't just a problem for patients: 5.33% of male doctors and 6.21% of female doctors admit to being obese.

    This may be linked to how much time doctors find for exercise. Even when they are in their 20s, over half of doctors say they exercise less than twice a week.

    By age 41 to 50, more doctors are taking their own advice, and the fraction exercising less than twice a week drops to 40%. By age 61 to 70, only 28% of doctors get this little exercise.

    Where Doctors Go on Vacation

    When it's vacation time, both male and female doctors like to go to faraway places. Foreign travel is among the top 10 vacation plans for 50% of male doctors and 57% of female doctors.

    Second on the top 10 list is a beach vacation for 48% of male docs and 54% of female docs.

    For men, road trips (23%), visiting a vacation home (20%), cruises (19%), camping/hiking (18%), cultural trips (museums, theatre, etc., 17%), luxury spas/hotels (16%), winter sports trips (15%), and adventure outings (15%) round out the list.

    For female physicians it's luxury spas/hotels (23%), road trips (22%), cultural trips (22%), vacation home (21%), camping/hiking (20%), cruises (17.5%), adventure (14%), and winter sports trips (13%).

    What Doctors Do for Fun

    It's not just golf. Doctors list a wide range of things they do when the sign on the office door says "closed."

    Top five pastimes:

    1. Exercise/physical activity (69% of men, 63% of women)
    2. Reading (59% of men, 71% of women)
    3. Travel (55.6% of men, 63% of women)
    4. Cultural events (41% of men, 53% of women)
    5. Food and wine (41% of men, 49% of women)

    But it's easy on the wine for most doctors. In fact, it's no wine at all -- or any other alcoholic beverage -- for 27% of male doctors and for 35% of female doctors.

    Just over half of doctors limit their alcohol intake to less than one drink a day. Only 3% of male doctors and 1% of female doctors say they drink two or more drinks a day.

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