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Old 04-29-2016, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I'm trying to come to grips with the fact that my primary care physician is fat. Very fat, in fact. His PA's are fat, too.

I never get asked/counseled about diet/nutrition/exercise. Or supplements. Or stress reduction.

It's difficult for me in this situation. I want more than prescriptions as I believe a lot of our ills come from diet/exercise/stress.

Thinking of switching to a more compatible medical practice.

Have you ever had this situation? Love to hear your thoughts. Trying not to be judgemental.

FYI...I am normal weight and do exercise ... good health except for HBP which is under control with meds...
Good for him. Your doctor is a typical overweight American, just like 66% of the population is.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I'm trying to come to grips with the fact that my primary care physician is fat. Very fat, in fact. His PA's are fat, too.

I never get asked/counseled about diet/nutrition/exercise. Or supplements. Or stress reduction.

It's difficult for me in this situation. I want more than prescriptions as I believe a lot of our ills come from diet/exercise/stress.

Thinking of switching to a more compatible medical practice.

Have you ever had this situation? Love to hear your thoughts. Trying not to be judgemental.

FYI...I am normal weight and do exercise ... good health except for HBP which is under control with meds...
If you don't approve then stop going to this doctor. Why would you need the approval of the C-D community if this bothers you. I can't see any reason to bring this up EXCEPT to be judgmental.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:04 PM
 
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You would think doctors would be "pictures of health" but most aren't. My own doctor is pudgy and pasty and never stops yawning. He looks extremely unhealthy to me. But I just worry about taking care of my own health. I only go there to get my lab results and prescriptions for metformin.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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You would think doctors would be "pictures of health" but most aren't. My own doctor is pudgy and pasty and never stops yawning. He looks extremely unhealthy to me. But I just worry about taking care of my own health. I only go there to get my lab results and prescriptions for metformin.
Seems like a good plan...

Maybe I do come across as judgemental--and I guess I am. But it's my health, my check book. I'm wanting to find a "healer" more aligned with my core values and beliefs about health and wellness. You're right, it's time to move on and find a more integrative doctor.

My parents ended up on a whole bunch of meds--I think my Mom took 12--lots of side effects equaled more and more meds. I'm the opposite. I will do life-style changes before going that route. I'm the opposite of a non-compliant patient.

Years ago, I had a great doctor who told me she wanted me to quit smoking--and referred me to a stop smoking clinic sponsored by the American Lung Association. Thanks to her, I did successfully quit my smoking addiction. She told me that unless I quit, she didn't want to be my doctor any more! Now that was a wake up call.

That's what I'm hoping to find now--a doctor who is pro-active in encouraging wellness. Sure, I'd like to be my own wellness coach--but we can all use some encouragement along the way.

if you don't need this support, then more power to you. Me, I like feeling I'm on a team involved in good health, not a team just prescribing more and more meds--and not practicing good health themselves.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:37 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I once went to one of my husband's previous doctors for something and noticed that the way he took my blood pressure was to stabilize the arm straight out across his chubby tummy. It felt weird.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:42 PM
 
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Seems like a good plan...
Maybe I do come across as judgemental--and I guess I am. But it's my health, my check book. I'm wanting to find a "healer" more aligned with my core values and beliefs about health and wellness. You're right, it's time to move on and find a more integrative doctor.
My parents ended up on a whole bunch of meds--I think my Mom took 12--lots of side effects equaled more and more meds. I'm the opposite. I will do life-style changes before going that route. I'm the opposite of a non-compliant patient.
Years ago, I had a great doctor who told me she wanted me to quit smoking--and referred me to a stop smoking clinic sponsored by the American Lung Association. Thanks to her, I did successfully quit my smoking addiction. She told me that unless I quit, she didn't want to be my doctor any more! Now that was a wake up call.
That's what I'm hoping to find now--a doctor who is pro-active in encouraging wellness. Sure, I'd like to be my own wellness coach--but we can all use some encouragement along the way.
if you don't need this support, then more power to you. Me, I like feeling I'm on a team involved in good health, not a team just prescribing more and more meds--and not practicing good health themselves.
Right about the moment that *fat* Doctor, EMT, and his *fat* assistants save your life perhaps your judgement of their core values, beliefs and medical knowledge will change.
I do have some information for you though, not ALL medical issues can be fixed with a lifestyle change, some do require medication.
I wonder how much of that medication you will turn away when one of them is the *only* medication that can help your body function long enough to have a transplant......
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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So I guess some folks here have no problem with a fat doctor...

That's fine. Go with the flow. Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:06 PM
 
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Muscle weighs more than fat. A friend who was at 262 and ready for diabetes, took control, eliminated WHITE foods and to date she's taken off 82 lbs in about 8 months.
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:33 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I'm trying to come to grips with the fact that my primary care physician is fat. Very fat, in fact. His PA's are fat, too.

I never get asked/counseled about diet/nutrition/exercise. Or supplements. Or stress reduction.

It's difficult for me in this situation. I want more than prescriptions as I believe a lot of our ills come from diet/exercise/stress.

Thinking of switching to a more compatible medical practice.

Have you ever had this situation? Love to hear your thoughts. Trying not to be judgemental.

FYI...I am normal weight and do exercise ... good health except for HBP which is under control with meds...
When I was shopping around for doctors, one of the recommended ones was obese. She's only in her 30's, and for some reason, she's obese. She also was poorly informed on the issues I was trying to address, so I moved on.
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:06 PM
 
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If you want nutritional advice, go to a licensed dietician/nutritionist who has at least a master's degree in the field of nutrition.

You won't get decent nutritional info from any doctor. That's not what they are trained for. Same with alternative medicine "doctors".

Just as you wouldn't go to a doctor to get your teeth fixed, you shouldn't expect to get nutritional advice from a doctor.
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