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A2-1) What if the doctor says my problem is weight-related?




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This article is from the Big Folks Health FAQ, by sharon@ecs.ox.ac.uk (Sharon Curtis) with numerous contributions by others.

A2-1) What if the doctor says my problem is weight-related?

What can you do if your doctor tells you your problem is
weight-related and the only way to treat it is for you to lose weight?
If this is clearly not true, i.e., you are there for a sinus
infection, you probably want to find another doctor. If it is
possibly true, ask them, "Do you mean to tell me that thin people
_never_ have this problem?" You are not being obstinate by asking
this question. Losing weight is an incredibly energy-intensive
process. Losing weight and keeping it off is even more so. If
there's any other way to treat whatever condition you have, you want
to find it. Besides, being heavy may contribute to your condition.
But there are probably other factors that contribute as well. After
all, it is not true that every single fat person in the world has
whatever problem you do. So start with the other factors, and see if
they help.

An example. Say your feet hurt all the time, and your doctor tells
you you need to lose weight to fix it. Ask your doctor, "Do you mean
to tell me that thin people's feet _never_ hurt?" Your doctor will
probably admit that some thin people's feet hurt. "And what do
you do for thin people whose feet hurt?" you ask. And your doctor
will tell you about analyzing how they people walk (to see if they're
doing something weird), and applying contrast baths, and getting
orthotics and whatnot. And then you tell your doctor that you would
like those same things done for you.

 

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