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Doctors Prescribing Weight Loss For Patients' Health

Has a Doctor Ever Prescribed Weight Loss to You?

In not-so-gentle terms, a friend of mine was told by her doctor that she needs to lose weight. And regardless of her doctor's good intentions, hearing this news was incredibly upsetting to her. To be fair, her doctor comes from a place of concern. With the number of overweight and obese adults on the rise, and the host of medical risks associated with undue weight gain, her doctor was ultimately looking out for her health and not trying to make her feel bad. Starting next week, my friend will be meeting with a nutritionist to figure out a healthy diet plan, and a physical therapist to start an exercise regimen. While still a little shaken from hearing the news, my friend is excited to make health her number one priority.

With obesity becoming a growing concern, I am wondering if this sort of advice is becoming more common from doctors. Tell me . . .

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lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
no. but i've had the doctor tell me that 2 of my children were underweight. one was 3 and medically fragile at the time. we nearly ended up putting her on a feeding tube twice. The second time was this summer. my middle daughter is starting middle school and her weight was dropping. i've spent the summer working on this issue. since june she's gained 8 lbs and is in the 5th %. i don't think i've ever been so frightened for my child. thinking what an eating disorder could mean for her life.. i hope to god we are on the right path here. a few extra lbs; i could live with that.
Berzerker Berzerker 6 years
I've been told to gain. Why is there a freakin' beer ad in my face? I thought this site was about living a healthy lifestyle. "But liek OMG it's only 64 calorieess! LOL!" Yeah, tell that to AA.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
My pediatrician told me to lose weight when I was about 15 or 16. He was nice about it; he said "You need to go out and run around more, drop a little weight before it gets too high. You do not want to go through adulthood being overweight". At the time, I thought it was horrible, but after I DID let it get out of control, I lost weight on my own and have had no issues with any weight-related illnesses since then. I used to have exercise-induced asthma and dysmenorrhea (super painful periods) and those issues went away once I lost weight.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 6 years
About 4 years ago my doctor told me IF I lost 10-15 pounds my knees wouldn't hurt so much. It took a few years for the message to click but last year I lost 30+ pounds and surprise, my knees don't hurt nearly as much (I have arthritis).
missu2 missu2 6 years
Yes, when I was 11. He told me to stop drinking regular milk and drink skim milk. That was the key fator and start to my body issues I've had since I was young.
bethinabox bethinabox 6 years
Yep. My last couple of physicals, my doctor has, at the very least, mentioned losing weight. And this past year I actually have, woohoo. :)
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 6 years
goddessru goddessru 6 years
Interesting. I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), which accounted to my weight gain and it's particularly hard to lose weight because one can be insulin sensitive. Some doctors "gently suggested" it to me, which I took and tried. The last dr said I should just walk everyday (as if it was that easy) when at the time I was already walking 2miles a day 5x a week. I actually did (by myself) try to lose weight- I joined my office gym and went 5x a week, I also did WW. Guess what, not 1lb lost after 3-4months straight. I knew I couldn't do it without (medical) help, because no normal person without this disease doesn't lose weight after a regiment like that. My new doctor is aware I'm trying to lose weight, and is helping me so that what I'm already doing is effective.
angri angri 6 years
I agree with Anonymous--doctors who just tell you to lose weight are useless. I had a terrible doctor once--after I had just explained how I was having a hard time losing weight, he told me that what I needed was to lose weight. Gee, thanks.
katie225 katie225 6 years
yup, a few years ago. i had started teaching middle school, and my blood pressure was really high. he said i could lose a few pounds to help bring it down. at that time, i was in the "overweight" BMI category, but not many people would have called me "fat". i wasn't surprised or upset, i've always been hyper-aware of my size. now i'm teaching group exercise classes and i'm back in the "normal" BMI range after losing 25 lbs. now my new doctor looked at me weird when i said my parents were both obese and they've had gastric bypass surgery. she said, " don't look...i mean, you're very fit!" :)
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 6 years
Yes, I was told by my doctor when I was about 8 years old. I was a chubby kid and already knew I was "fatter" than other kids my age. The doctor took out a BMI chart and explained it to me. It was a few more years before I got down to a normal weight, but I'm still glad that the doctor explained how being overweight could negatively impact my health in the long run.
graldi19 graldi19 6 years
no. i was actually told to gain weight
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I would hope that more doctors would take it upon themselves if the patient truly needed to lose weight and get healthier. They're professionals, and their patients' overall health rather than just a single complaint should be a priority.
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 6 years
I've even been told to lose weight by my optometrist lol. As much as it sucks to hear it from people, doctors are professionals who are supposed to look after your health so sure it's their responsibility to say something (that you probably already know). But maybe they can also offer some health reasons as to why. Just remember that if he/she does tell you this that it's not coming from a bad place. Accept the help and get your booty moving!!
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