After an experience yesterday at a gynecologist where the first thing out of his mouth after “Hello” was “Have you considered LAP band surgery?”, it got me to thinking. Although he didn’t press the issue and tried to explain why (my first question whenever any doctor recommends treatment of any kind to anyone should always be “How will this help?”), I still got a little irritated.
While I made it out of the office without being heaped upon with brochures about BMIs, weight loss drugs, the dangers of being a certain height and weight, I do know lots of people who have been subjected to that kind of treatment. And it got me thinking further:
Why not heap the brochures on the doctors?
So I’m going to create a full-color brochure full of Frequently Asked Questions doctors hurl at patients about their weight, and answers that would be appropriate, in the same graphical and writing styles of those other brochures describing the dangers of genital warts and smoking. It will not just make anecdotal claims but will reference published, peer-reviewed studies and CDC stats.
I’ve a list of questions compiled right now, but would you mind posting to the site a request for other suggestions for questions please? The brochure will be released under a Creative Commons license and will be freely downloadable.