I certainly agree with both of you in this matter. 17 years ago, after moving to my present town, I went to my family doctor's office. I saw another doctor that day instead of my own...and at one point he told me as big as I was, I would be dead before I became a senior citizen; that he had never seen obese seniors walking around.
That ticked me off and I've never been back to him since. I realize that what he said was probably true, to an extent (although I have seen obese seniors before)...but the way he told me -- so nonchalantly, as if he were discussing the weather -- hit me the wrong way, and I realized then that this doctor wasn't very personable and had an awful bedside manner. Of course, his words didn't motivate me to begin losing weight either.
My current doctor would be considered obese as well. I've stuck with him over the years because he is friendly enough, and he also treated both my parents while they were still alive. However, he has never really spoken with me about my obesity, besides referring me to a nutritionist several years ago.
Now that I've lost 81-lbs, he is happy for me, and even asked me how I was losing the weight...which made me feel good. But I agree with the news article in that many doctors do not discuss a patients obesity unless actively pushed by the patients themselves...and that is unfortunate. Had my doctor talked with me years ago and encouraged me to seek weight loss solutions which were attainable for me, I may have begun my road to a thinner ME long before now.
| current weight: 254.0