Get Your Doctor to Listen!
Get your doctor to listen to your weight concerns and HELP you! Many doctor's are likely to spend less time with you if you are overweight as well as viewing you as lazy.
As a result, if they say anything at all, they may simply set some vague, unrealistic goals for you and send you on your way.
For example, I had one doctor tell me to "take a walk". That was it - just "take a walk". While taking a walk is good, that should be followed up with how much, how often, how long, etc. If you have been sedentary for a while, you may need an entire walking program! It isn't as easy as stepping outside and just "taking a walk". If walking interests you, check out our free Walking Manual.
It is SO wrong for a medical professional to behave this way.
Only 37-percent of severely overweight patients are given weight control advice that is sound, according to a study. If we could just get the doctor's to realize another fact this study showed: If a doctor recommends exercise to their overweight patient, the patient is more than four times likely to do it.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? If so, it is time to educate your doctor! Here is how you can try to get the quality care you are so deserving of:
Time to Educate Your Doctor
- Be straight with your doctor. As your doctor out-right how he feels about working with someone overweight. If his/her reply is unsatisfactory, find another doctor with a more appropriate attitude.
- Give your doctor details. Tell you doctor honestly what you have been doing, or not doing, to better enable him/her to help you. If s/he truly cares, s/he will be happy to listen.
- Create an action plan with your doctor. Request help in prioritizing your weight loss goals. For example, if your cholesterol is too high, focus on ways to reduce it. If you have joint pain, strength training is a great first step to reducing it. Get specific with the doctor and ask: Which foods can I eat? How often do I train?
- Ask for your doctor's support. Request a referrel to a resource of weight loss support in your area, whether it is a dietician, personal trainer or emotional eating workshop.
- Follow up. As your doctor how often he/she wants progress reports. Between visits you can phone him or her, or in some cases now, doctor's are accepting e-mails. ASK.
Be firm, be strong and be precise and get your doctor's attention on this matter! You need to know your specific health concerns and how best to address them, and only a medical professional can do this for you.
See also: How to Explain Pain to Your Doctor