My MD and Me
Well, folks, yesterday’s post generated the most comments in C&C history!
Thank you SO much to all who took the time to say a few words. I am truly grateful…reading your comments is why I do this. It truly fills my soul
I was touched (and very surprised!) at the outpouring of people who told me to ditch my MD. In all honesty, I like him. He’s a good doctor, but I think this brings up an alltogether bigger point:
How is your MD talking to you about weight? It’s no secret that most doctors get NO nutrition education in school, and often their bedside manner can be…less than stellar.
Here’s how my conversation went:
MD: “Hmmm, you’ve gained 11 pounds in the past year”
Me: “Yeah, I know.”
MD: “Tsk Tsk (yes, he did that!) Not good. You just need to eat less. Stop snacking. De-stress.”
Me: “Um, OK. I know what I need to do.”
Seriously, it was as basic as that. He didn’t really probe any deeper. Had he done that, he would learn that I have a history of emotional/compulsive eating, and “eating less” is not as simple as he makes it out to be. I mean, when you eat your emotions, as I did for so long, “stopping snacking” seems almost impossible.
For the record, my MD was not telling me that I was fat. He was, in his own, special (wink wink) way, telling me that a weight gain of 11 pounds in a year is concerning to him. I mean, it’s not a real concern since I’m perfectly healthy, but whatever, I appreciate the feedback.
But this brings up a good point: Find someone you can talk to about your health and nutrition. There are so many health counselors and RDs out there who want to HELP YOU. They will really, truly, listen to you and will create a plan to help you achieve your goals.
I can only imagine how desperate someone else in my position would feel after talking to my MD. Seek support! If you need any recommendations, you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s your relationship with your MD like?