in advance for taking the time to check out this "revisit" blog. I originally wrote & posted it four years ago tomorrow. I continue to be interested in the input of others on this subject, so am resubmitting it for examination.
God bless us all with dedicated & caring physicians!
On occasion I have heard folks say that they aren’t going to be inclined to listen if an overweight doctor told them they need to drop weight. Some have equated such a situation with the smoker who tells another not to pick up a pack of cigarettes or the drinker who tries to forewarn the unsuspecting on how easy it can be to get hooked on alcohol.
I have never been able to understand the thinking behind such statements. Just because a doctor deals with his/her own set of weight issues it does not make his/her knowledge about the benefits of weight reduction invalid. To this gal it says that they struggle & probably understand the dynamics of the situation much better than their slim counterparts do. It says that they care about a patient (who faces the same frustrating concerns as they do) enough to face possible ridicule by offering a wealth of helpful information aimed at helping correct the concern. As I see it we seek out our doctor for help with the medical concerns that we are faced with & their weight has nothing to do with their knowledge or their ability to share that knowledge in such a way as to help a patient.
As for the smoker who urges a non-smoker to never begin to smoke, I say they are indeed caring folks. They obviously know the pitfalls of smoking (addiction, extreme cost both financially & health wise, possibly a certain humiliation in obviously not having overcome that particular addiction, etc.) & care enough to try to forewarn others before they take the chance of becoming addicted to cigarettes. I say “Bravo!” to them!
As for the one imparting their wisdom on the ‘evils’ of drinking ~ who better to listen to than one who has traveled that road & lived to regret it?
Not having been a smoker or a drinker, I have never been in the position of having one addicted to those vices share about the dangers associated with either. However, I have dealt with weight issues & surprisingly enough, never once did my doctor broach the subject of my added girth. I believe that she assumed that I knew that my weight was not at a healthy level & that I was bright enough to bring up the subject if I wanted her help in dropping pounds or that I had the intelligence to make corrective changes when I got to the point of deciding “Enough is enough!”.
I finally did get to the point that enough was enough & made the decision that I was tired of carrying an extra forty-five pounds around & have successfully dropped thirty pounds to date. However, I have been pondering why my slim & trim doctor didn’t gently put me to task about my weight gain? Is she overworked to the point that she doesn’t have time to address such obvious concerns? Is she uncaring? Unfeeling? Unconcerned? Is her attitude lackadaisical in regard to my over all health?
As my physician what does she owe me with reference to addressing my tendency to pack on the pounds?