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Rhonda Dorren on 13 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Your Weight
Most doctors are busy. And that’s why they don’t talk to you about these 13 very important things if you are overweight. In the fast-paced life of a medical doctor, the number of important issues affecting an overweight or obese individual is just too numerous to get into a discussion about. What happens is that most physicians follow Clinical Guidelines and consider the patient before them, as they select the most important points to discuss with an overweight or obese patient.
The 13 things your doctor just doesn’t have time to tell you if you are overweight or obese:
1.That they often focus on the symptoms and the resulting medical outcomes of being overweight, rather than discussing how your weight may be a factor in these symptoms
2.You could be afraid of losing weight. While it sounds impossible, this may be an underlying factor in your personal battle with your weight.
3.There can be serious financial repercussions from being overweight. Body injuries, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatments, prescription medication, time off of work, changes in wardrobe and fast food to cite just a few examples, that when added up, equal substantial costs. Your health is your most important asset, not your car, your job or your retirement account.
4.While there are numerous pharmaceutical medications that can correct your worsening health with overweight and obesity, reducing your weight, improving your diet and adding exercise to your lifestyle is also very good medicine for the symptoms and health problems your increased weight is causing. Making these changes may improve your worsening state of health due to your weight.
5.Self-empowerment is of ultimate importance when dealing with a condition of overweight and obesity.
6.Fat and particularly belly fat isn’t just sitting there doing nothing, it’s constantly pumping out all sorts of chemicals that can cause cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes.
7.Every extra point in body mass index (BMI), leads to increased problems with memory.
8.Fatty liver disease may occur as a result of being overweight or obese. Fatty liver disease occurs when fat builds up in the liver cells and causes injury and inflammation to the liver and can lead to severe liver damage, cirrhosis and even liver failure. Fatty liver disease is like alcoholic liver damage but it is not caused by alcohol and can occur in people who drink little or no alcohol.
9.Overweight and obese people have an increased risk of developing gallbladder disease and may have an enlarged gallbladder which may not work properly. Gallbladder disease includes gallstones and inflammation or infection of the gallbladder.
10.Being overweight or obese can often lead to sleep apnea which is a condition in which a person stops breathing for short periods during the night leading to daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating and ultimately may lead to heart failure.
11.Society values thinness and hard work, equating being fat with being lazy. Is this affecting you and how are you handling this?
12.Diet and nutrition are among the smallest areas in most doctors’ education in medical schools. Few physicians have time to pursue further training on their own so they don’t have the expertise to help their patients with their nutritional problems.
13.Ninety-five percent of people who lose weight gain it back within 3 to 5 years; this may leave physicians feeling frustrated and helpless and perhaps struggling not to blame their patients.