For Fat Patients and Their Doctors

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This doesn’t pertain to the topic I usually write about here, but I thought it very informative and useful. Please be sure to read to the end, and check out the research studies cited.

Dances With Fat

If you are here for the evidence list, it’s at the end of the post!

Two patients have high blood pressure.  One is thin, one is fat.

The thin person goes to the doctor and receives recommendations for interventions that, evidence shows, are likely to lower blood pressure.  When that person goes back for a check-up, the doctor will test their blood pressure to determine if the interventions are working.

The fat person goes to the doctor, and research tells them that there is a greater than 50% chance that the doctor will view them as awkward, unattractive, ugly, and noncompliant, and a nearly 30% chance that the nurse will be “repulsed” by them.  (All of the evidence is linked at the bottom of this post)

The doctor recommends weight loss to “cure” the high blood pressure, but does not tell the person that the vast majority of the time people gain…

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