There is another study out about fat people, and like a lot of studies, it is mostly number crunching. And here’s the thing about number crunching – you can pretty much manipulate them to say anything you want – even something that makes a fat person say, WTF?
This study claims that fat people don’t know they’re fat.
But wait ’til you hear the reason … fat people don’t know they are fat because doctors don’t tell them they are fat.
And what color do you think the sky is on this planet where a fat person goes to the doctor and the doctor ignores the fat person’s weight? And how can I get a ticket to that planet next time I have a sore throat?
So these researchers think doctors need to be urged to tell their fat patients that they are fat and need to lose weight. Because then the poor stupid fat person will realize, OMG, I’m fat. And that fat person will then mend their (presumably) unhealthy ways.
And even if the fat person already knew that they are fat, they must not realize that this is a problem – somebody else’s problem, but a problem nonetheless.
And the conclusion from the study was:
Conclusion Among patients who were overweight or obese, patient reports of being told by a physician that they were overweight were associated with more realistic perceptions of the patients’ own weight, desire to lose weight, and recent attempts to lose weight.
In other words, it’s a good thing if your doctor makes you feel bad about your weight (regardless of your actual health) because then they assume you will want to lose weight and will try to lose weight. Even though the doctor should know that long term weight loss is almost impossible to achieve. And then just think how helpful it will be when that doctor continues to harangue you about weight when you fail to achieve the impossible.