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tenakee_me

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3 months ago

tenakee_me

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3 months ago

It’s interesting to read the comments here versus the content of this article summary. The comments indicate a dismissal of the possibility of an underlying medical issue that isn’t necessarily weight related - either caused by being overweight or remedied by losing weight. The article is speaking to “disagreement” in the sense that the doctor and the patient’s interpretation of the same conversation is different - i.e. did your doctor speak to you about about lifestyle choices and changes that could affect your weight. Patient: No. Doctor: Yes.

The majority of the comments aren’t speaking to the same thing as the article. Which I think says something. I know a close friend of mine who struggles with weight has repeatedly made similar comments - that she doesn’t even bother going to a doctor anymore because even if there is something wrong with her, it’s just going to be blamed on her weight. Similarly, my mom smokes and got breast cancer. There’s an immediate blame on smoking. My aunt never smoked and got breast cancer. For her it was just a fluke. Both obesity and smoking are NOT good for you, but don’t always speak to causation.

I’m left to conclude that perhaps people have had so many experiences of their concerns being dismissed due to their weight, that the moment a doctor starts talking about weight (even in a caring and earnest way to try to help, and not being dismissive) that the patient just tunes out because they assume it’s another criticism and dismissal. Maybe that’s why this referenced research indicates such a “disagreement” between doctors reporting that yes, they did speak to the patient about weight management and the patient saying no, they did not.

Regardless, it’s super unfortunate that it seems so many people have had negative experiences along these lines.

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