'Hellboy' posted by Little green man - 18/08/2014, 15:44:35
The important poblrem with all this is--how many fat people come into doctors' offices not knowing they're fat? From his post:"However, I also understand that the flesh is weak, and that staying in youthful shape after 45 is no mean feat. It takes work and discipline, and the evidence that it leads to longevity or health is minimal. However, being in good shape adds a lot to quality of life. On the other hand, being obsessed with health is for the crazies.Plus there is the vanity factor: few guys will look at a fat girl, and no gals will look at a fat guy - unless he is rich or powerful. But, at some point, unless we are narcissists, we accept reality and don't care all that much."How many fat people don't know that and have to live it every day? (And calling it vanity is a huge understatement, there's a high correlation between obesity and depression for this very reason. Enhancing the poblrem, one of the symptoms of depression can be "comfort eating", leading to a vicious circle.) The point is, don't doctors have better things to do than calling their patients fat? Like, oh, coming up with practical weight loss methods (as opposed to the 800 cal/day diet the last doctor I went to prescribed?)Here's an interesting question--how many doctors would think to first screen their obese patients for depression and refer them to a psychiatrist? Diets succeed when people are driven, not when they're depressed.