That you’re overweight or obese and need to lose weight? Apparently a woman in New Hampshire was mightily offended by her physician’s rather direct comments. She’s filed a lawsuit, and apparently the doctor has been ordered to become more educated.
Well, how many times have we been told that we’re overweight? I can’t begin to tell you. It actually got to the point that I’d look at some of these doctors and say something like, “Really? Do you think so?” And then they’d generally realize that I knew and understood the issue, in ways that they probably could not imagine. In fact, after a point, I refused to get on the scale. We all knew I was seriously overweight, so whether I’d gained or lost 5 pounds wasn’t going to make a bit of difference in recommendations, outcome, or treatment plan.
But what’s the issue here? I doubt that it’s about the truth. After all, the woman more than likely noticed that she was heavier than she should be. Apparently, he gave her clear, directions, which were to join a group, a support group, and to work hard at it. She didn’t want to hear it, and probably wasn’t ready to listen. We’ve all been there.
Until we’re ready to do something, to find our own paths, it doesn’t matter what anyone says.
Remember the Stages of Change? Pre-contemplation, contemplation, action, and maintenance? She’s probably somewhere between pre-contemplation [which some people consider to be denial] and contemplation. Maybe this publicity will help her move towards a healthier lifestyle, but maybe it won’t.
I’ve often wondered, though, if someone had found the right words, the right path to get through to me, would it have made a difference? Would I have found the courage, ability, the whatever, to control my weight before I hit 500 pounds? One thing’s for sure, simply telling me to lose the weight NEVER made a difference.