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?