Actually, this is a comment that was left for the Fat Doctor post. Julie and Sara have already left comments for her (and they can either copy and paste their comments here or leave new ones or do nothing at all), but I wanted everyone else to get a chance to answer her as well.
Also, welcome Kay! Submit a profile already!
Hi, my name is Kay and I AM a Fat Doctor!
Actually, I'm a fat medical student, which I think is even more challenging. In my medical school class, I am witnessing the indoctrination of those doctors that we all hate to have to go to. One particulary annoying classmate thinks that exercise cures EVERYTHING ("Ahem, Professor So-n-so, don't you think we could completly erradicate AIDS if everyone just got off their lazy butts and ran a few miles each day?" P.S. She actually wears a necklace with a charm that is a runner - ick)And forget trying to eat around any of them: "I'm not eating carbs", "I don't eat meat", "I can't eat that cause it was probably fried in the oil of an endagered animal", etc, etc. Once, I was so embarassed at a fancy dinner that some of us had been invited to by some doctors... not because I was fat or how I ate, but how insanely picky my colleagues were about the food, which was free and very expensive. One of them de-nuded the chicken of everything that may have resembled a carb or fat. Once guy actually sent his meal back to the kitchen and requested that a grilled chicken breast be prepared for him. Let me point out that none of the doctors acted this way about their food. The hostess had prepared a particularly elaborate dessert and I was the only one who would even try it.
It's amazing to me that all the things you lovely ladies have brought up in these post and replys are the same things I think about every day when I am with patients. Doctors should be more considerate of patients feelings. I worry about all the patients who won't come in to the clinic because they figure the doctor is just going to tell them to lose weight. Hey, I'm one of them! Yes, I have issues about what to tell my patients and I'm certainly not the wagging-finger, "You should..." type of person. But if some one asks me, "my mom is diabetic and I don't want to become diabetic too..what should I do?", I have to tell her the best way is to maintain a "healthy" weight.
Help me...what should I say?