Doctors are told to get tougher with patients about their weight, recommend counseling

  • Article by: MIKE STOBBE , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 13, 2013 - 3:08 PM

ATLANTA — Next time you go for a checkup, don't be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight.

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fuzzypilgrimNov. 13, 13 3:38 PM

Whatever. Treatment and meds cost a lot of money. Thats most of the reason why people don't do anything about their weight. They can't afford surgeries, or treatment.

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selfmadeNov. 13, 13 3:56 PM

"Whatever. Treatment and meds cost a lot of money. Thats most of the reason why people don't do anything about their weight. They can't afford surgeries, or treatment."............Really Pilgrim? People don't do anything about their weight because they're lazy and don't want to eat better or work out. Period.

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rvjesseNov. 13, 13 4:02 PM

This is good! Most of us don't need to "diet" to lose weight. We need to eat differently than we do now, plus exercise. I can't speak for others but my wife and I gave up most processed foods and made our own foods. Add many fruits and vegetables, all organic if possible and the weight dropped off for both of us. 170 to 142 for me, 140 to 125 for my wife. I lost a pound a week. We were never hungry. If we ate out it was at a restaurant that makes their own menu items using locally grown ingredients if possible. Plus my numbers at the doctor all improved and they weren't bad to begin with.

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rixwareNov. 13, 13 4:05 PM

This is a terrible, terrible, terrible development. The causes of obesity (let alone the best treatments) are not even yet well enough known to begin such a campaign of shaming pressure. This is pretty much guaranteed to make things worse.

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fromupnortNov. 13, 13 4:12 PM

Years ago, my weight went up and I asked my Dr. about it. She stared at me stupidly and said that is what happens to people when they get older. I was exercising in the gym and on the bicycle, too. I lost the weight by studying nutrition on my own and taking a liquid vitamin/mineral mix (expensive). Once you realize that much of the food we have in this country is overly-processed and lacks minerals and vitamins, you have a chance. With processed food, you have a full stomach and yet your body tells you to eat more! Further, do not touch chips, sodas and get on a reduced/free gluten diet. If the Dr. start telling you stuff like this, they are on the right trail. My guess is the medical profession intends to push a new drug on the population with numerous side effects. Beware!

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jaw99Nov. 13, 13 4:38 PM

I see several huge hurdles here. Most doctors don't receive any training on nutrition. Secondly, most people know even less than their doctors. Then there's the ever changing diet fads: low fat (worst idea ever), the food pyramid (grains/carbs causing a majority of obesity) calorie counting regardless of nutritional content... Maybe this is just an effort for big pharma to subscribe more of their pills, not an effort to make us healthy.

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actualreaderNov. 13, 13 5:26 PM

Although BMI is currently being debunked as a way to measure individuals (it's an 1800s population-average tool developed by a mathematician) we need something -- anything -- to prevent millions more Type II diabetics from developing. Still say "Whatever" to losing your kidney function, your sight, your circulation, your nerve function and your legs? Maybe it's also OK with you that we're currently paying $176 billion in diabetes-related medical costs per year, which will only go up. The suffering and costs are staggering, and they can, in most part, be avoided.

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shallmanNov. 14, 1312:05 PM

Eat less crappy processed food and more homemade meals. Say no to French fries and chips. Eat an apple. Get out and walk around the block instead of picking up the remote. Use your muscles instead of every "time saving" convenience that comes out. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. You'd be surprised how easy it is to lose a few pounds if you think about it.

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joeljyNov. 14, 13 8:56 PM

Well, looks like many of us will now stop going to the doctor! Who wants to be shamed? Hello to more eating disorders.

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alphasongNov. 15, 1311:07 AM

My recipe for losing 50: Atkins diet, reduce alcohol to no more than once a week, never eat after 6 pm - that 12+ hour nighttime fast really peels off the pounds. Getting out of the carb binge & bust cycle really was the game changer for me, I didn't realize how addicted I was. Now I can just look at a plate of food and make a conscious decision.

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