People see what they want to see, and physicians aren’t pushing the issue

A recent emergency room survey of patients found that only 19% of patients with a self-characterized “unhealthy weight” had ever discussed weight with their health care professional.  You can read the US News & WR article here.

As we have seen time and time again, generally speaking there is a very odd dynamic between provider and patient when it comes to weight issues.  Without doing an exhaustive pub-med search, I will guess that the data will suggest both providers/patients have their heads in the sand about weight, both providers/patients are frustrated, and consequently, an unwritten rule of the provider / patient relationship is “I know you are heavy, you know you are heavy. I know that you know you won’t likely do anything about it, so we are all going to not talk about it.”  Am I too cynical?

 

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