Here’s an article from USA Today that discusses the fact that physicians are trying to address the notion of obesity more, rather than ignoring it.
Why do you think that, all of a sudden, there’s some movement toward trying to help patients lose weight rather than ignore it – since we’ve known for ages that obesity is a contributing factor to so many of our ills?
I think the answer lies in this excerpt:
In July 2007, she went to see him for the first time. “I’ll never forget that day,” she says. “Dr. Bestermann walked into the examining room and sat down and introduced himself. He said, ‘I see you have a lot of medical problems,’ but he never mentioned my weight.”
At the time, Horne, who is 5-foot-9, weighed 298 pounds and had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high triglycerides. She had suffered from depression. She had foot and back surgeries and was getting around on a motorized scooter. When she got down on the floor to play with her grandchildren, she couldn’t get back up on her own.
Bestermann asked Horne to read The South Beach Diet. “He said: ‘I’m not asking you to go on a diet or lose weight. I just want you to get the knowledge that is in there,'” she says.
Bingo! After years of frustration, more and more physicians are recommending low carb diets because they find that it is actually possible that some patients will lose weight on them.
They stopped trying to get their patients to lose weight eons ago because the crappy diets they used to recommend had no impact. I remember one time a doctor told me I was fat, gave me 2-page printout of a low calorie diet listing 7 days of meals, said ‘follow that’ – and out the door he went!
I’m not blaming him – it was all he had. Like an antibiotic-resistant infection, sometimes doctors don’t have to tools to heal us – and it is many times as frustrating and tragic for them as it is for us.
But now, more and more doctors are coming around to low carb – and South Beach is variant of the Atkins approach that works for some folks.
We’re not quite there yet, but more and more doctors are coming around to the notion that a low carb diet – and even some fat (God Forbid!) – might be good for us and help us lose weight, be healthier, and live longer.
It’s about time.