“You’re Perfectly Healthy, Except…”

Why do doctors bring up weight in otherwise healthy patients?

A friend recently went to the doctor and, for the umpteenth time, was told:

“Everything indicates you’re in perfect health; except you’re overweight.”

When she shared this, my own countless experiences hearing the same line came rushing back. One memory bubbled to the surface: a comedian doing a bit about his doctor saying the same thing, calling the extra weight “cosmetic.”

“Well doc, I’m not here to find out whether I’m cute, I just want to know if I’m healthy, so let’s focus on that,” was the gist of his response.

Why are we being warned about our weight when we’re healthy?

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