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Old 04-29-2016, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I never thought of it before I saw this thread but none of my doctors are
fat...primary physician and physicians's assistant, dentist, chiropractor,
eye doctor, and podiatrist are all thin.....
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:38 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.
Find a new doctor. Isn't that the obvious solution? Some of us don't need to have our hands held by our doctors. Apparently you do.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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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...
I sympathize. I work REALLY HARD to stay physically healthy (it's NOT easy!) so when I get assigned to obese doctors I get a little upset and in my mind these floodgates open up:

"See, this is what's wrong with the world: so much emphasis is placed on sitting in classrooms & offices to learn about health & becoming a doctor...so much time commitment & mental/physical exhaustion is involved in the 'health' industry. These doctors & nurses are so stressed-out and strapped for time, they're getting potato chips out of the vending machine when hunger hits (true story). Yet they earn six-figure salaries, so it's all justified, right?

"Meanwhile with no college degree whatsoever, I spend some time researching & practicing an optimal health & nutrition lifestyle. All these years while my doctor has been sitting in classrooms & cars & offices & eating potato chips, I've been out running & biking & swimming & eating kale & avocados. I earn nothing but health for my efforts, while my unhealthy doctor earns six figures. Her jaw literally drops when she shows me my LDL & HDL numbers & blood pressure & BMI.

"She may be earning six figures, but if wealth was measured in terms of physical health, I'm a trillionaire."

So I eventually learned that I don't need a feckin' doctor unless I break a bone. So sad that doctors et al are confined to classrooms & offices & treatment rooms, with little time to spare to actually be healthy! Is it necessary for anyone to sacrifice their health for their careers? Especially those in the health industry?!

This comes down to an extreme opinion I have: all unhealthy foods should be illegal and banned by the FDA. If unhealthy food doesn't exist, it won't be there for anyone to reach for in times of weakness.

If junk food doesn't exist, everyone will be healthier, feel better, look better, be happier, think more clearly, and treat each other better.

If junk food continues to exist, people will continue their neverending battles with cravings & health problems, which ultimately affects the well-being of society.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:17 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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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.
She did more than eliminate white foods to lost 82 lbs.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Canada
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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...
IMO, you are being judgemental/biased/prejudiced. You've come to the conclusion that since your doctor is overweight, (FAT) he's no good. Because of his weight you don't respect him being your doctor.

In your own words, you realize that YOU are in charge of your own fitness and nutrition, not him.

IMO, no matter what size, shape, colour, sex, religion or anything else that might sway you, IF he is a good doctor, then you are discarding a person who might some day save your life.

On the other hand, if he's lacking in other ways, then I'd definitely seek another doctor.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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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.
Depends on the doctor. I used to see an obese doctor because she was very good. I didn't have weight problems, so that wasn't a concern. It's not as if she had a bowl of Twinkies at the checkout point.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:19 PM
 
Location: West Texas
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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.
I'm currently being treated for prostate cancer and I didn't realize that my urologist is overweight until I read your post. He's a good doctor his weight is not an issue to me, I'm not that superficial. What I need from him is his knowledge and experience treating prostate cancer, I need him to do everything he can do to get me cancer free. His weight is his business, his treatment of my cancer is mine.

I'm glad you quit smoking, I know all too well how hard it is to stop. After I got out of the Navy, in 1986 I had a three pack a day habit. I laid them down cold turkey. I'm sure you're feeling better and the air is cleaner, too bad your attitude stinks.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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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.
I still don't get it. If it's "my health, my check book," then why are you with the current doctor? You must require a lot of direction and encouragement if you needed a physician to tell you to quit smoking. The Surgeon General's warning has been printed on cigarette packs since the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act was passed in 1965.

If you believe you need a team approach to keep you healthy, why not go on your local C-D discussion group and get some actual recommendations instead of wasting your time here with people who don't even know where you live?

Or utilize Google to find possibilities. My mother, in her 9th decade, has 11 specialists for her many ailments and I found most of them for her on Google. (Everyone's a specialist where I live.) Most doctors are listed online with patient recommendations, just like restaurant Yelp reviews. They usually have complete resumes and photos, too, so you can find a skinny doctor who professes to believe in integrated treatments.

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Old 04-29-2016, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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She did more than eliminate white foods to lost 82 lbs.
I don't see why that wouldn't work. That would mean eliminating all foods containing sugar, all white breads, all white potato dishes, dairy products, and many corn products and other starchy vegetables. Many Americans live on a diet high in all those things. If the diet were abruptly switched to green vegetables, fruits bright in color, fish, lean meat, and whole grains, the weight could drop off pretty fast.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:21 PM
 
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Besides eliminating all the WHITE foods, she started going to a gym and walking more. She'd like to get to 140 from the 262 that was her high.
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