We as medical providers are doing something very, very wrong when patients avoid coming to the doctor because they know how emotionally horrible they’re going to feel afterward. Why? Because we’re dismissing all their concerns with no explanation except “you’re fat.” Because instead of commenting on their progress, we are telling them they haven’t lost “enough.” Because we are not acknowledging that it can be difficult or impossible to lose weight. Because we are using “lose weight” as a shortcut phrase instead of giving good advice on specific, helpful health behaviors. Because we, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, think that when we see someone is fat, that’s all we need to know about our health status.
All those things are wrong, and we have got to stop this, because THIS CAUSES HARM.