Recently, a wonderful patient and early supporter of HEALTHGIST shared with me how she attended a function and someone she knew had been working a weight loss program.
As most of our HEALTHGIST members know, I enjoy sharing stories of actual cases I come across everyday in my practice. The ones I feel affects our women readers are the ones I am most compelled to write about.
I distinctly remember an incident during my first year in family medicine residency when a moderately obese nurse practitioner contradicted one of my colleagues comments that obese people are unhealthy.
She made it a point to emphasize that we, as a new batch of young doctors need to be careful not to discriminate and just assume that all obese patients have medical illnesses and went so far as to state, and I quote ” Obese people CAN be healthy.”
15 years later, I KNOW she was wrong- [Read more…]