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The Problem With Your Doctor And Obesity
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The Problem With Your Doctor And Obesity

Without naming names here, I have to share a horrifying story that a friend of mine let us all in on. She was asking about her weight, more specifically about ten pounds that she was trying to lose to hit her goal weight. She was horrified by the dismissive way the doctor handled her question, but two days later this same woman was even more horrified by the same doctor's behavior. Her younger sister who had far more than nine pounds to lose went to this doctor to discuss her health status including the most important one, her obesity. She received the exact same attitude and nearly word for word advice from this doctor that her thinner, healthier and more physically active sister got. That advice included going on a low carb diet and not much more. Both will be seeking new doctors.

Most doctors agree they are woefully unprepared for the obesity talk with their patients with very few exceptions. In larger areas, there may be bariatric specialists, however, in smaller communities where very few specializations exist, doctors are having to wing it for more problems than they care to admit. In this case, the doctor is convenient to the two sisters but not the only option. Doctors who do not know how to talk to their patients about their weight are doing a great disservice to those patients. The problem starts way before the first patient though. Doctors are not being trained to effectively handle obesity during their medical school training.

For the friend, the low carb diet suggestion was an incredibly shocking one. She had already changed her diet to lose the weight in the first place and did not use a low carb diet to do so. Instead, she had opted to go vegetarian, reducing her weight, her cholesterol and her risk for diabetes. Instead of looking at her chart, the doctor had rattled off the same thing he told everyone. In other words, it was not sound medical advice for this patient.

Doctors are human, so they are not infallible. Many of them are overweight as well and that makes it hard to start a real conversation about obesity and weight loss as well. You can't really ask realistic advice from a doctor that is either unwilling or unable to take it for himself. If you are going to give advice, it is important to look like you might have some idea of what you are talking about.


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