According to a survey, about 66 percent of U.S adults are overweight or obese? However, only 12 percent of U.S. adults say they have ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health care professional about the weight issue. You may be wondering why these people were not told by doctors then. But, wait, should a doctor be responsible to inform his patient is overweight?
We have two camps of people here:
Those Who Against The Idea Of Doctor Telling Patients About Overweight Issue:
- This is a sensitive subject, especially for people who have low self-esteem. So, it is better to let someone who is very close to them to say those words, rather than doctor. Worse, some are embarrassed and do not want to hear about it.
- A lecture or “helpful reminder” may not work. Just like people who smoke, some overweight people already knew about that they are overweight. They are reminded of it when they go shopping for clothes or when they look at mirror or when they look at models in magazine. Some even know the health implications. So, if they choose to ignore it, it is nothing else a doctor can do.
Those Who Think That Doctor Should Point Out Obesity:
- Doctors should point out anything that affects the health of their patients. Most patients will take note of what doctors have said, compared with advices from family members, friends or even personal trainers. After all, doctor is someone who we look up to.
- If a doctor can inform someone who is underweight, he should do the same for people who are overweight too.
What Mun Thinks:
- The doctor should look at the big picture and determining what the patient’s lifestyle before telling the patients that they are fat.
- A doctor should know the fine line between “informing”, “advising” and “judgmental lecturing”. Doctor should be tactful in how he deliver the message, but that does not mean he should beat around the bush. I do not expect the doctor will say sentence like this, “You are obese and your going to die,” and then walk away. Give advice what to do. Offer help. Provide emotional support.
- Doctor should make it a medical issue, not a beauty or appearance issue. By doing this, patients will find it easy to accept and listen. Also, a doctor who is in good shape tend to gain trust easily in this weight issue. I doubt that you will listen to a 300-pound doctor to tel you, “Hey, you are overweight. You better watch your diet and do more exercise.”
What do you think, should a doctor be responsible in informing his patient about overweight?
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