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Speak Up: Has a Doctor Ever Told You to Lose Weight?

This summer it was reported that 66 percent of US adults are overweight, but only 12 percent say that they've ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health care professional that they are obese. I feel like this is a really touchy subject. I mean nobody wants to admit that they need to lose a few pounds, and it would be even worse to hear it from somebody else.

So I was wondering, has a doctor ever told you to lose weight? Do they have the right to tell you that because it's for your health, or do you think it's totally out of line and rude?


fireannach fireannach 9 years
I had a doctor accuse me of having an eating disorder before. I had gone to my last check-up and physical before going away to college, and I'd been dieting and exercising, and had lost about 15 pounds since the last time the physician had seen me, which was 6 months before. She told my mom, who was with me, to keep an eye on me, and kept insinuating that I had an eating disorder, while I was still at a perfectly healthy weight, with a bmi of 22, and had worked really hard to lose weight as healthily as possible.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I have had my doctor mention it - I've gained about 15 lbs in the past couple of years, and was at a 'could stand to lose 10 lbs' phase back then... and as horrible as it is to articulate, and have someone point out out loud, it isn't as though she looked me up and down and said drop the weight fatty, she calmly mentioned that my height/weight ratio was not where she wanted to see it, and checked with my about what sort of exercise regime I was doing. I am about to go back for my annual checkup (I use my gyn as my regular doc, only one I really see regularly!) and I haven't lost the weight. But I am seriously dedicating myself to it and working hard... a year later. Whatever it takes to motivate - and I think docs should mention it, in a nonjudgemental calm way, and gauge if the patient shows any freaking out and see if they've had eating disorders or experience problems from the weight and what type of exercise they do... There are definitely infinite ways this could backfire, and I can imagine ppl leaving the doc that says it - but if it needs to be said it needs to be said!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
annam89 - I don't know the story behind your drastic weight loss, but 90 lbs is not even close to being "fat" for 5'3", girly. In fact, for your height, your ideal weight range is 113 to 130. Please don't diet to lose any more weight. :(
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
summakoh - Get a new doctor ASAP. You're within the healthy range of your height/age. Closer to the minimum, in fact.
catander catander 9 years
Also, I have been told by multiple doctors that I should weigh no more than 120 pounds, although I have been at my current weight, without fluctuating, for my entire adult life, and have no weighed 120 pounds since I was in 7th grade.
catander catander 9 years
I have been told by a doctor to lose weight. At 5'5 and 140 pounds, I think that's fair, although I doubt most would consider me very overweight. The problem I find, however, is that doctors are more likely to tell the moderately overweight to lose weight than the severely overweight or obese. My mom is obese and has, to my knowledge, never been told to lose weight. I guess it's a more approachable subject when someone would not have to make drastic life changes to lose weight/be healthier.
annam89 annam89 9 years
i'm 5'3'' and my weight was 116 lbs then i lost a lot of weight. i was 80 lbs and everybody was "o you're so skinny" "are u anorexic?" i was tired, but now that i have gained 10 pounds i'm 90 lbs and i feel fat :( but i already started my diet i can´t wait to start losing weight
Mmmarshmallow Mmmarshmallow 9 years
I have been told, and I know of many other who have inappropriately been told that they need to lose weight by their doctors. When it is clear that there are medical benefits to losing weight, I think it is important to point this out - BUT, I do NOT want to go to the doctor when I've got the flu to be told that I need eat less and exercise more. Fitsugar - I think you should check out First Do No Harm, it's a blog where people submit their stories about how doctors point out a patient's weight BEFORE recognising other, more pressing health issues. In the most recent post I read, the doctor was so focused on the weight loss, that they failed to diagnose a cyst that grew into a tumor.
blondie829 blondie829 9 years doc has totally told me that, and it seems like it has the opposite effect! Ugh...I need to get my butt in gear. danceintheerain - I wish you the best of luck on your journey. I'm sure if you look through the internet there are probably several sites with some information for you on how to gain weight in a healthy way.
danceintheerain danceintheerain 9 years
I suffer from anorexia, so my doctor wants me to gain about 20-22 pounds... YIKES! I'm 5'4 and 93 lbs right now, and my body naturally sits around 113 or so. And because I'm naturally pretty athletically built, I am suffering from bradycardia, loss of menstrual periods, etc. So if anyone knows any good weight GAIN diets, or has any success stories with recovery, I'd love to hear... shoot me a message or something, cuz I need heeelp! haha.
summakoh summakoh 9 years
i hate my doctor. i'm 15. about 5'0 and 102-103? i consider that to be normal ,since i'm a swimmer and all. but no-, my doctor still told me to lose weight.
kelsee kelsee 9 years
thanks for the info, that's crazy because I'm 5'1 3/4 and my doctor told me he didn't want me under 120 or 8 1/2 stone. I'm still 115 and would like to loose a few pounds.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Example of Stone to pound conversion for anyone interested- (1 stone = 14lbs) 7 stone - 98lbs 7 & half stone - 105lbs 8 stone - 112lbs 8 & half stone - 119lbs 9 stone - 126lbs 9 & half stone - 133lbs 10 stone - 140lbs 10 & half stone - 147lbs 11 stone - 154lbs 11 & half stone - 161lbs 12 stone - 168lbs 12 & half stone - 175lbs 13 stone - 182lbs 13 & half stone - 189lbs 14 stone - 196lbs 14 & half stone - 203lbs 15 stone - 210lbs 15 & half stone - 217lbs 16 stone - 224lbs 16 & half stone - 231lbs
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Nope! Never! She told me I am in very good physical health and to keep it up :)
kelsee kelsee 9 years
please forgive me, but what is 9 stone?
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I'm 5ft 2" and I was bordering on 9 stone at one point. A doctor told me that I could stand to lose a few pounds. Wtf? I was well within the normal range and there was no need.
mem952 mem952 9 years
doctors should definitely tell people if they need to lose weight. a further issue is what help they should offer. i've had friends, and parents of friends who have been told to lose weight but not offered any guidance or plans as to how they should go about it.
Retro-Bunny Retro-Bunny 9 years
Even though I was once 185lbs (at 6 foot), my doctor never mentioned to me that I needed to lose weight. I did eventually lose weight (puuuberty...) and am at 140lbs. (But with all this Christmas food, it feels more like 150! ;D) I think it's crucial for doctors to mention that their patients need to lose weight. Sounds rude, but swallow your pride and accept reality.
schar schar 9 years
There was one time when I was 14 and I was seeing a NP instead of my ancient pediatritian. I had been a heavy kid and finally hit puberty and was at my thinnest but she told me that I needed to lose weight because according to the "chart" I was overweight at 5 feet and 116 lbs. Mind you she was 300+ lbs.
n_i_k n_i_k 9 years
No but I was told I was loosing weight too fast before.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I'm finally seeing my doctor tomorrow...I'm nervous as to what she'll say because she's told me to lose weight before. It's been a year and a half since I've been, and she told me then to lose some weight. My weight has certainly changed since then. Whatever she'll say, I'm planning to ask her what my weight range should be for my age/height/etc., and I know she'll be honest with me.
esk4 esk4 9 years
my pediatrician (I was almost 18) told me I needed to loose weight... I was 5'9 145 and doing cardio, jump and weight training for my freshman season of volleyball at my college... I was probobly in the best shape of my life at that point and she told me I needed to watch my weight and what I was eating even after I explained my training...
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Bookish I would have strangled that doctor - end of story. You have excellent restraint.
LauraW68 LauraW68 9 years
yes and it was after I had my last three children (well duh!... I usually do try to lose weight then and have)
biochemlovely biochemlovely 9 years
If your weight is a health issue, they should definitely tell you! And they should point you towards resources so you can get help. Time and effort should be dedicated to preventative care, which is what weight issues may fall under in non-severe cases.
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