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3/5/13 3:22 P

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This doc was my boyhood friend.

well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/07/wh
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I can see how it would be hard to advise patients on obesity when you yourself are obese.

Doctor, heal thyself, as they say.

Pain is weakness leaving the body.

How do you eat an elephant?

I will not fail.


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CLASSOF92 SparkPoints: (56,338)
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2/27/13 5:47 P

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As long as you continue to work with your Dr's. guidance and the programs here at spark you should be okay. Congrats on what you have lost, keep with the program.

I am happy with where I am.
I will stay here. One step at a time.


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2/27/13 9:52 A

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ANDYINBC, I am hoping your doctor is becoming the rule rather than the exception!

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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
(achieved 02/21/2013)


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2/27/13 9:27 A

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It was my doctor who helped me find Spark a few years ago. I went in to my doctor for a complete physical and as always weight and blood pressure came up. This time the doctor asked me when I was going to start taking it seriously and said I should try a program such as WW, Jenny Craig, whatever, as long as I stick with it. The words rang true, I had to take this more seriously and came home to search on the Internet for reviews of weight loss programs. That is what brought me to Spark. It has been a few years and I have been down and up and back down but while I still have a way to go, I have not been back as high as the 283 when I started.

Edited by: ANDYINBC at: 2/27/2013 (09:28)
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2/26/13 10:48 P

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America's number one health issue and doctors don't want to discuss it? "First do no harm" anyone? Could it be that they are afraid that discussing it would cause their clients ... I mean patient ... find a different doctor?

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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2/26/13 6:17 P

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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.



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2/26/13 5:55 P

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It is odd, i just changed Doctors for the very reason. I like the guy but he just never seemed to listen to me and my concern for my weight. I still am fight to lose 20 pounds, but I feel like I have the new doc's attention.
and ya, congrats on your success!!


"The future ain't what it used to be"
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Life is full of obstacle illusions.
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2/26/13 5:22 P

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Mitch, you are dead-on about the business interests of Docs. Very true.

Also, BTW and before I forget - CONGRATS in making your goal. Well done!

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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2/26/13 5:15 P

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And let me throw a little more gas on the fire -- another reason for not bringing up weight to their patients is that it has the potential to cut into their revenue streams! Not that the medical profession is going to run out of patients anytime soon, but if doctors were to get a lot more aggressive in helping their overweight patients move towards "normal", it means less office visits, etc. I like my PCP, but there are times where I feel he has not done as much as he could do to have helped me. I decided to get WLS on my own, and while he supported me, clearly it was not his idea. Not that WLS is the end all/be all way to weight loss and becoming healthier, certainly there are far more candidates who very likely are not being properly counseled on the option by their PCP (or for that matter many of the non-surgical options).

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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
(achieved 02/21/2013)


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2/26/13 5:00 P

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I hate getting the "fat lecture" and I have left the care of physicians based on their attitudes, condescension, etc. However, to duck the obvious issue in its entirely, on the part of a general practitioner or internist, seems to border on medical malpractice. It's all about technique and interpersonal skills.

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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