I don’t know if this is appropriate for the blog, but I had to send this after I got my latest Reader’s Digest:
The general tone of these doctors toward ALL patients was terrible. But some of the fat hatred seeping through was even more horrifying, although not surprising. Among the comments:
“I am utterly tired of being your mother. Every time I see you, I have to say the obligatory “You need to lose some weight.” But you swear you “don’t eat anything” or “the weight just doesn’t come off,” and the subject is dropped. Then you come in here complaining about your knees hurting, your back is killing you, your feet ache, and you can’t breathe when you walk up half a flight of stairs. So I’m supposed to hold your hand and talk you into backing away from that box of Twinkies. Boy, do I get tired of repeating the stuff most patients just don’t listen to.
–Cardiologist, Brooklyn, New York ”
“It’s pretty common for doctors to talk about their patients and make judgments, particularly about their appearance. –Family physician, Washington, D.C.”
“When a doctor tells you to lose 15 to 20 pounds, what he really means is you need to lose 50.
–Tamara Merritt, DO, family physician, Brewster, Washington”
That last comment was under the section in the article called “The Sensitive Side.”
It’s no wonder that one of the doctors admitted that most doctors themselves don’t visit their colleagues for regular checkups.