I had some time to kill and I decided to read the news. I should know better than to do this because every time I do I get upset about the state of the world. Then I always decide to read about current health and fitness news. That’s usually no better.
I came across this article on CNN, Too few docs tell patients they're overweight, and I must say it was a good article. It was a little alarming, but still good. In a nut shell here’s what it’s about. Most people don’t even think they are overweight and doctors aren’t telling people that they are overweight which only makes people believe that they don’t have a weight issue.
There was one paragraph that I have to comment on. The paragraph states:
Doctors may be reluctant to broach the subject of weight for a number of reasons, Post says. For instance, busy physicians might not want to fall behind schedule by adding another topic to their list of things to discuss during an appointment. And many doctors have negative attitudes toward their heavier patients, whom they see as unlikely to stick to a diet and exercise program, he adds.
Well, I know this does not accurately depict all doctors. God knows my doctors would comment on how much I weighted. I hope this doesn’t define any of your doctors either. It is their job to point out what is not healthy! It is their job to be “the bad guy” and tell it like it is about our health. My family doctor addressed my weight through the years and I was never mad at him for it. I expected it from him because it was his job.
I hope if people have doctors like this that they find a new one. Doctors are always behind when they have office hours. I know it sucks to wait for the doctor to show up for your appointment, but all patients are different. There is no mold for what happens at a doctor’s appointment and I can’t believe that a doctor wouldn’t want to ask a few more questions or make a few more comments. I mean, I see these commercials all the time about the questions you should ask your doctor, but what about what your doctor should be telling you?
Ok, I think I’m done ranting now. Really, the article was a good one. I wouldn’t have told all of you to read it if I didn’t think it was worth reading. Anyway, some days I think I shouldn’t read the news. It get’s my heart racing, makes my blood pressure rise, and stresses me out! (I think that helps me burn a few extra calories though!)