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  • Janice Boyer // May 19, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    I am a health care professional and overweight. I think a Doctor should mention to his patient the consequences of being over weight and ask the patient if it’s something they want to work on and come up with a treatment plan that the patient is part of.

    Sometimes the encouragement and understanding, not critisim, of a person’s excess weight, from their physcian is the motivation a person needs to get on a weight loss program. And like others have said, we try to please our doctors because we do look up to them. If the doctor is critical and condesending, then that’ll just make the patient stay away and not seek treatment for other medical issues which will put their health at a even higher risk. I agree that someone is probably not going to listen to an overweight doctor.

  • alfonto // May 19, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    i agree with you mun.

    doctor should be tactful about informing his/her patient that he/she is overweight and should also making it more on medical consequences of being overweight. The emotional part, I think it will sink into the patient’s mind after doctor informed on what could happen if the patient let all the excess weight control his/her life.

    of course, doctor should also one who walk the talk and should be in normal BMI rather than the one who is in the “morbidly obese” BMI.

  • Patriot Henry // May 20, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    “What do you think, should a doctor be responsible in informing his patient about overweight?”

    Yes, they should, but only once. I personally have a tremendous amount of respect for fat people, especially VERY fat people, who are that way because they enjoy the lifestyle.

    And why wouldn’t one listen to a fat doctor speaking about the medical consequences of being overweight? Merely because they choose to take risks doesn’t mean they don’t know the dangers of those risks…and they’d be much more likely to be able to speak from first hand experience.

  • Yin Teing // May 28, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    I feel the doctor should notify the patient if he/she is overweight because uncontrolled weight led to a lot of future medical complications. But most doctors would just say ‘you just need to lose weight’ without telling the ‘hows’. Most patients would have know that they need to lose weight- and a doctor should also identify if the overweight is attributed to depression- for that, it’s a different form of treatment alltogether.

    Btw Mun, congratulations- your blog is listed as #60 in the Malaysia Top Blogs by Riceblogger
    Keep up the good work :)

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