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Old 04-30-2016, 11:53 AM
 
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I too would wonder about a doctor that was very over weight as the op mentions. I would continue to go to him unless I felt I wasn't getting good advise or that he was not very good at his job. some of this is the impression one gives vs the reality of their capabilities. some professions seem like being overweight would be a hindrance. anything requiring someone to be physical such as a policeman, firefighter, I would doubt their capabilities if they were overweight. as someone else said would you take diet advise from someone who was overweight and who would not follow their own advise or education? advise to quit smoking from a smoker?
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Old 04-30-2016, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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One of my best friend's is a urologist and he's a very large man. Very tall and overweight.

However he's one of the best in the southeast.

I don't think twice about his weight.
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Old 04-30-2016, 04:14 PM
 
Location: USA
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My cardiologist has been putting on weight the past few years and I also notice a lot of employees in his large clinic are overweight and I don't mean slightly as many are obese. I'm tempted to ask if it's a requirement for being hired, but I won't.
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Old 04-30-2016, 04:26 PM
 
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It depends why you're with him in the first place. If he's a nice guy, if he listens attentively, if he's conservative and not an alarmist, if he'll return your call quickly if you telephone, if he'll squeeze you in on short notice when you're really sick, if he's had a good track record with diagnosing you and curing you - well, I'd stick with him.

I once went to see a specialist and was horrified at this overflowing ashtray. But he was one of the best in his field, and I wasn't going to let the cigarettes deter me.
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Old 04-30-2016, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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My cardiologist has been putting on weight the past few years and I also notice a lot of employees in his large clinic are overweight and I don't mean slightly as many are obese. I'm tempted to ask if it's a requirement for being hired, but I won't.
Hee hee...

I've a number of nurse friends who don't take good care of themselves re food or drink, and night shifts disturb sleeping patterns, but they are the most nurturing and loving toward others....I think medicine can be a profession of eating meals on the fly and shared goodies -- as it is in many office and high stress situations...

Once worked in an office that had a goody table in each dept.--and none of the goodies were fruit or vegetables -- it was hard to resist grabbing a handful of M&M's or a brownie as you walked by...

As I'm easily led astray by my sweet tooth, with abysmal restraint, I've found not to bring goodies/chips etc. into our house -- little to no self-control or moderation when it's in residence.
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:28 PM
 
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Most Doctors do not discuss diet and nutrition, especially the latter.


Growing up our Family Dr. used to tell my Dad to lose weight & quit smoking.
My Dad would reply, "When you drop 50lbs. and give up those cigars I will".
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Old 04-30-2016, 06:33 PM
 
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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...
He's doesn't get paid to tell you to lose weight. He gets paid to give you pills.
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Old 04-30-2016, 06:38 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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I prefer a primary care physican who is is heavier than I am -- also a heavier drinker and who I see on the golf course with a big fat stogie.

Being told to cut down on drinking and smoking just feels less insulting when it comes from somebody who I know enjoys them as much as I do!
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Old 04-30-2016, 06:46 PM
 
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It depends why you're with him in the first place. If he's a nice guy, if he listens attentively, if he's conservative and not an alarmist, if he'll return your call quickly if you telephone, if he'll squeeze you in on short notice when you're really sick, if he's had a good track record with diagnosing you and curing you - well, I'd stick with him.

I once went to see a specialist and was horrified at this overflowing ashtray. But he was one of the best in his field, and I wasn't going to let the cigarettes deter me.
That would deter me.

Don in Austin
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Old 04-30-2016, 06:47 PM
 
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He's doesn't get paid to tell you to lose weight. He gets paid to give you pills.
And therein lies a BIG problem.

Don in Austin
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