Does your doctor discuss losing weight with you?

In general, docs (I’m one) don’t do the best job of helping patients lose weight.  It may be better to use programs like Weight Watchers.

It is important to see your doctor to manage all the complications (high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, sexual problems and knee osteoarthritis/pain, just to name a few).  Of course, losing just 10 lbs may improve these conditions as much or more than medications or other medical treatments.

If you’re doc is overweight s/he is less likely to discuss losing weight with patients, according to this study:

Doctors more frequently made a diagnosis of obesity when a patient’s weight was higher than their own, and overweight doctors were less likely to believe a patient would follow diet advice. Only 37 percent of overweight doctors strongly believed that they were competent even to offer advice about eating and exercise, compared with 53 percent of normal-weight physicians.

See my most recent newsletter for tips to get started losing weight, feeling better, and looking better!


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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