It occurs to me today that never…in any interaction with any doctor…has my weight and/pr physical fitness been treated as anything other than a moral failure and lack of will…same with the diabetes. This is also true of my interactions with most “non-doctor” folks as well.
So imagine you worked too hard in your life and tore off, say, your leg.
Even if I accept this is a lack of character or a moral failure, imagine if your doctor said of your injury and disability, “Well, you can’t quit working or you’ll die…but you could work a little less and that would take care of it.” No other guidance OR TREATMENT will be offered.
…and then imagine if you went to your doctor later, say, with the flu…and he declined to provide any treatment since it’s your overwork and injury that are the “real” problem anyway, and you haven’t corrected your character enough to address that.
This doesn’t work with a “real” injury…and it doesn’t work with obesity either.
This has been my experience. I’ve learned more in the last two years by, on my own, researching the net (while attempting to filter out the bullshit), and also from my friends Blaine Callaway and Travis Merritt in the fitness industry, then I learned in the 50 years prior.
I’m STILL struggling to apply it to effect, and, I expect, will be for the rest of my life.
Obesity can’t be prevented OR cured by pointing at people and calling everything they are or do…a failure and a result of lack of will or weak character.
Not only is it not that simple, that’s complete bunk! There are physiological issues, psychological issues, hormonal issues, nutrition deficiencies, lifestyle circumstances, childhood education, neighborhood locations, income impacts, advertising, USDA standards (that are influenced by the food companies), profits of the food and medical industries, work shifts, and elements of addiction all in play. And that’s just scratching the surface.
There is real science behind this. We need to apply it…not just hope somebody like me can dig out the real information from the piles of snake oil and con games that proliferate in the current environment.
It’s bad out there for the obese or diabetic patient. There’s hundreds of folks selling snake-oil to the desperate, and the “real” information is hard to find or verify, especially if your doctor won’t discuss it except as a serious character flaw on your part.
This is why the numbers are DISMAL. SEVENTY percent of the US population is overweight or obese. Somewhere upwards of 50% are diabetic or pre-diabetic. The VAST majority of obese people that lose more than 10% of their body weight rebound in very short order. It’s a vicious cycle, and there’s little institutional “real” help for it.
They’ll toss plenty of blame your way though.
My is doctor was pleased with what I’ve done…but he is not really supporting it by helping me apply the medical science he applies to other aspects of my health, to my actual, yanno, physical condition and the problems with achieving my goals.
When I understood that, I decided I’d find me a middle aged, PHYSICALLY FIT doctor to go to, as he would understand my struggles, issues, and treatment needs.
I even called my insurance company’s line to help me find an in network doctor just the other day.
“I want a physically fit, middle aged male that is up on how exercise impacts all the other numbers, hormone balancing, and can discuss nutrition and supplements in a meaningful manner.”
“NONE of those are criteria we can EVEN search on.”
Think about that.
’nuff said I’m sure, but I’ll touch on this in later blogs I’m sure.
I’ll see you on the road.
You can read more about my fitness journey here.