Doctors’ open apologies for those battling overweight and obesity.
Doctors have told overweight people to exercise more and eat less.In fact, being overweight can be caused by genetics or other factors that keep their exercise unchanged, the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy. & Obesity, CC BY-SAObesity has become a significant risk factor for poor outcomes in patients with COVID-19, as doctors and others in healthcare have previously treated obese or overweight patients. Before, I guess many will respond by declaring, “Well, it’s your own fault to be overweight!” In the spirit of realizing that people who struggle with weight loss, as well as our family and friends, ask. Offering a different feeling For those of us who are ashamed of being overweight and / or eating a failed diet: “You’re right, and we’re sorry. After giving you a job that couldn’t be done, we ridiculed you. When you try to tell us, we label you weak and crazy. Since we don’t understand what you find, we despise you. We never feel it for ourselves, we don’t know, and for that we apologize. ”A dietitian spoke to a patient at an obesity clinic in Mulhouse, France. BSIP / Universal Images Group via Getty Images ‘Fat shaming’ didn’t work. The only version of the apology we owe our fellow humans to be told to lose weight using diet and exercise. Then when that didn’t work, we blamed them for our treatment plan had failed and reduced their opinion with prejudice and persecution. As a physician and researcher, I have been working in this area for many years. I have seen firsthand the life-changing power of precedent ideas, judgments, and conventions. I have seen that unfounded negative thoughts are woven through almost every interaction that people struggling with weight loss endure when seeking help. And there are tens of millions of people The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention categorizes 70% of US adults as being overweight and over 40% obese. These numbers continue to grow, and even though some people lose weight. But it often gets back over time. Rash Judgment To illustrate, imagine I am your doctor. You have a rash on your body (Which indicates being overweight or obese) and you made an appointment with me to discuss a treatment plan. During your visit, my office staff used stigmatizing language and nonverbal signs, which made it clear that we were uncomfortable thinking about dealing with another rash person. We run a series of assumptions that define the tone of our relationship, including the idea that you are lazy or don’t know, or both. You will feel my disgust which will make you uncomfortable. Unfortunately, healthcare providers often treat patients struggling with weight loss by formulating quick judgment patterns and ingrained negative traits that include lethargy, inaction, weakness, and dishonesty. After this uncomfortable exchange, I’ll define your rash treatment program and explain that it’s pretty straightforward and easy to use. I’m going to point you to a number of resources with smiling faces and beautiful skin that never get red to highlight how great your results can be. “It’s all about sticking with it,” I’ll say back. Coming home, you are excited to begin treatment. However, you will quickly realize that applying the cream is unbearable, it burns; Your arms and legs feel like they are on fire shortly after you have the treatment. You take a shower and wash off the cream. A tragic conversation after a few days you try again. Same result Your body won’t accept the cream without the unbearable burning and itching symptoms. You go back to my office and we have the following conversation. You: Doctor, I can’t stick with this plan. My body can’t tolerate the cream, I’m: This is why doctors don’t want to deal with people with the rash. I am giving you the treatment and you will not stick with it. I apply the cream to myself every morning without any problems. YOU: But you don’t have a rash! Applying this cream when you have a rash is different from applying cream for clear skin. I want to get rid of the rash But I can’t tolerate this cream, I’m: If you don’t want to follow the treatment, it’s up to you. But it’s not a cream that needs to be replaced. It’s your attitude towards it. This exchange shows biased behavior, bias, and a disconnect between carrier perceptions and patient experience.New approaches are needed for those trying to lose weight.Jamie Grill / JGI via Getty Images Bias and Bias For people who want to lose weight, their diet and exercise experience will not be the same as for lean people on the same program. Perceiving other people’s experiences as well as their own when different situations creates different prejudices and prejudices. That night, you can’t help but wonder, “Is there anything wrong with me? Could it be my genes or thyroid or something? The cream seems to be fun and easy for everyone else. ”At this point, the blame fell on the patient for no reason. Despite the undeniable eruption of this rash and the slow rate of healing adherence while we applied the cream, we stubbornly kept it. If the rash is expanding and hundreds of millions of people fail to cure or it relapses every day, it’s their own fault! Over time, you will become more and more frustrated and depressed because of this undeniable situation. Irritability makes your feelings more optimistic and fades away in your happy moments. You have this rash and you cannot tolerate a treatment plan. But no one believes you They judge you and say you chose not to use the cream because you lack willpower and determination. You hear their conversation: “It’s your fault,” they say, “If it was me, I would use d # $% cream.” This is the definition of prejudice: Opinions, which are often negative, are directed at “d # $%”. Someone and it deals with things that that person has no control over Although it has been widely shown that the causes of being overweight and obesity are multifactors. But the belief that the patient is guilty is still widely accepted. This perception of the ability to control leads to a tarnished form of stigma. Setting up for failure that evening, you sit alone. You think that there is not a single person on this planet who believes that your body will not tolerate this treatment. Society believes you bring this yourself to begin with; There doesn’t seem to be a way out. We have pushed overweight and obese people to this place too many times. We made them set up for them to give up our failed course of treatment. When they come to us with the truth about our ability to accept, we humiliate them and say that they are mentally weak, not obeying, or lazy. [Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter.] So where do we go from here? If we agree to stop stigmatizing and blaming patients for our treatment failure and we accept that our current non-surgical paradigm is ineffective, what will happen? For starters, we need a new approach that is based on respect and dignity to the patient. The new lens of suppressed acceptance and judgment will help us shift our focus to healing the body instead of “Mind over matter”, a concept we use for no other medical condition. A view that is based on fairness and equality will help caregivers avoid the ancient method of blame and recognize those who are not. Being overweight or obese in the same sense as people with other ailments, we’ll eventually change the paradigm. This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news website dedicated to sharing ideas from Academic Expert Written by: J. David Prologo, Emory University Read more: This is why we crave food even when we are not hungry. Vegetarian and vegan diets: five things for people over the age of 65 to consider when switching to. Plant Foods 8 Simple Strategies to Fuel Your Body During an Epidemic, J. David Prologo does not work, consult, own stock, or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from. This article and does not disclose any relevant relationships other than their academic designation.