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Friday, July 07, 2006

Rude to Overweight People?

A doctor who was rude to an obese patient got support from a court judge. Well, the doctor's remark to his patient was surely inappropriate, but he did have a point.

When I was borderline obese, I wish someone told me so bluntly that I was on a fast-track to heart attack, diabetes, hypertension and depression. I wish someone told me so bluntly that I didn't look attractive. I wish someone told me so bluntly that I might have trouble keeping up with my job, my life and my relationship. If someone did, would it hurt? Of course, it would. But it would have also served the purpose of a wake-up call and gotten my ass on a treadmill.

This doctor somehow reminded me of Simon Cowell on American Idol. Simon was blunt, rude, in-your-face. But he is not on the show to make the contestants look bad. As a matter of fact, he knows a talent when he sees one and he doesn't pretend to be politically correct when he doesn't see one.

Everyone has a mouth under their nose. You can't control what comes out of it, but you can control how to react. If someone told me that I was fat, maybe that is what meant to be. I would either be happy the way I was, or suck it up and do something about my weight problem. Perhaps someone else's rude attitude is best turned into a rude awakening in the weight loss battle.


  • I had the exact same reaction. I don't like rude people, but in retrospect I am amazed that before, throughout and after my pregnancy no health professional ever addressed my weight (240 pounds at that time).

    Like many overweight people I knew somewhere in the back of my head that it wasn't really healthy, but I had no idea that it was so bad. I had no idea how terrible a disease diabetes is, and that being obese is a big risk factor in developing cancer.

    By Anonymous Helena, at 3:33 AM  

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