Doctor: Can we talk about your weight? PODSNACKS/Art of the Diet 056


“You need a good bedside manner with doctors or you will get nowhere.”-William S. Burroughs

This week's podcast takes a look at our doctors and if they talk about weight issues with their patients and how do they approach this sensitive topic.
I read an article in the NYTimes recently that made me think that doctors are trying to tackle this subject but not all really know how to do it effectively. If there are 78 million who qualify as “obese” how much time can primary care physicians take to deal with this issue?

Have you ever been asked questions like this?

I took them from the Mayo Clinic website:
1.How much did you weigh in high school?
2.What life events may have been associated with weight gain?
3.What and how much do you eat in a typical day?
4.How much activity do you get in a typical day?
5.During what periods in your life did you gain weight?
6. What are the factors that you believe affect your weight?
7.What diets or treatments have you tried to lose weight?
8.What are your weight loss goals?
9. Are you ready to make changes in your lifestyle to lose weight?
10. What do you think might prevent you from losing weight?

On today's podcast, a bit of personal history with doctors and discussion of the NYTimes article which can be read in full here. Don't forget to read the comment sections.

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