A Politically INCORRECT SOLUTION To Childhood And Adult Weight Problems

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“Food can be the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”

This was a quote I read from a Yahoo article today dealing with the debate between calorie counting and quality food consumption.  Research studies continue to attempt to prove the best method for weight management and overall health. These studies will NEVER successfully find THE METHOD because humans are all DIFFERENT. Does this mean that research in the area of weight management and health is a waste of time? No. It means our research needs to show OPTIONS that provide benefits so that individuals can determine which methods combined work best in their specific situation.
We like to believe in cause and effect. We like to think in term of A+B=C. This certainly simplifies matters, but commonly leads to failing attempts and conclusions. Diet is a classic example. Regardless of how many new diets are developed, weight management continues to be a growing problem. The problem is not based on a lack of science or insufficient quantity of diet plans; it’s based on:
  1. increasing availability of inexpensive poor quality food choices

  2. poor food choice selections in the households

  3. sedentary lifestyles

  4. personal denial

  5. educational system that lacks the willingness to take partake in a solution

  6. doctors unwilling or unable to motivate patient participation

  7. A NEW HEALTHCARE SYSTEM MORE INTERESTED IN PROVIDING ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE THAN TEACHING PEOPLE WHAT IT TAKES TO AVOID THE NEED FOR MEDICAL CARE.

 To turn this situation around, we need a legitimate game plan. Two of the biggest problems facing a solution are parents and policy enforcement (local government.) Parents do not like to be told “how to raise their children.” I agree with and respect this sentiment completely up to the point where children face dangerous health risks as a result of this upbringing. I believe parents (at this point) need support and education (not threatening actions) to help overcome these dangers. Follow up doctor visits should be required to assess whether children are benefitting from this new supportive approach. This means that local government agencies will have to step up to make certain that parents are complying with mandated follow up visits. If everyone steps back and realizes the purpose is to protect the children and give them an opportunity they all deserve to grow up healthy, maybe defensive attitudes would be curtailed in favor of the bigger picture.
Doctors are the next problem that need “fixing.” They need to have job performance reviews based on patient outcomes. If they are unable to provide the assistance needed for the child and parent to obtain the results desired, they need to turn these patients over to different doctors. This will hold doctors to a higher level of accountability than they currently assume. It will no longer be acceptable for the doctor’s responsibility to end at conveying the message, “you or your child needs to lose weight.”
We need licensed nutritionists to play a bigger role. Doctors are not equipped with the proper education to advise the patient about nutritional needs. Nutritional referrals should increase dramatically. These nutritionists should establish classes for patients and their families to better equip everyone with the information needed to support a healthy lifestyle.
This new approach provides a “Team Effort” to address this devastating epidemic. It approaches it from a HEALTH perspective rather than a DISEASE perspective. We TEACH people what needs to be done rather than supply appetite suppressants that ignore the ROOT CAUSE. This approach will help UNITE people and communities and make them realize they matter. When people begin to value their own lives, change is possible.
It’s easy to identify problems in life. We feel better knowing these problems are experienced by others. However, we would feel even better overcoming these problems and becoming part of the solution. I am only willing to identify a problem if I can pose a possible solution. This article discusses options that can begin to transform this problem forever. Words, however, on a computer screen are not enough. Here is where I need your help.
  1. Talk to your PTA’s and school administrators and request more nutritional education in your schools. Do not accept NO or NOT POSSIBLE as an answer. There must be changes to current policy.

  2. Request mandatory physical education year round.

  3. Talk with your doctors and request nutritional referrals if you need help.

  4. Talk with your children and encourage healthy behavior.

  5. Get the “junk” out of the house.

  6. Form community support groups to nurture each other.

  7. Look at yourself in the mirror and make a commitment to yourself AND your family regarding everyone’s health.

Sitting on the sidelines and waiting for the “next person” to step up to the plate will result in more of the same outcome. How much pain, suffering and disease must our children be subjected to before we assume the responsibility we chose the day we enjoyed conception.

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  1. Howto$tuffYourPig · · Reply

    I agree completely that there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to a healthy diet. I also agree that we need to stop this nonsense about political correctness when it comes to health. In the state where I live, a doctor was sued by a patient because she was told that she needed to lose weight. I saw the local news and can tell you without any doubt, she definitely needed to lose some weight. When I tore my MCL, my own doctor told me to lose weight after a round of Prednisone had caused my own weight to climb, and I was happy to have the discussion. I stopped taking them and started eating better and I am healthier for it!!

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    1. The problem is REAL. Where are the SOLUTIONS? Everyone nods their heads, but then moves forward in life making the same mistakes. Where is the accountability? Where is the motivation?

      You are a pleasant exception to the rule. You have made a real difference in your life and I’ll bet your happier as a result. You should be very proud of yourself.

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  2. My PCP usually just says you need to lose weight and exercise. He isn’t even really concerned about my Diabetes. I miss the nurse I used to have there. She was great!

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    1. Everyone needs to find a doctor they’re comfortable with; one who addresses the WHOLE person. Circumstances sometimes impedes our ability to seek out new practitioners. I hope your situation changes to meet your needs in the future.

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      1. I left the place after being there for 25 years and went to my Rheumatologist who was also a general practitioner. Then he went and retired not that long after and I had to find a Rheumatologist and a PCP so I just went back there it was easier. I hate the stress of changing to a new doctor.

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  3. My PCP either didn’t want to counsel me about nutrition when the weight talk happened, or didn’t have the education in nutrition to do so. Either way, he referred me out to a professional who did have that education. He is always good about making referrals when he feels they are needed. I think whenever doctors work together, their patients can only benefit from it.

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    1. Absolutely. When egos are placed on the side in favor of patient quality care, everyone wins. Sounds like your PCP is an excellent doctor.

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  4. It’s interesting that people have no problem telling someone that they are too skinny. One of my cousins has a very overactive thyroid (graves disease) and she is often told how “lucky” she is and that maybe she should just eat more. At our last barbeque, she was told that maybe she should have several burgers. Being underweight can be a health risk too but because it is more socially acceptable to be skinny versus fat, people have no problem giving their opinions. Imagine if my cousin had an underactive thyroid instead and people told her that she was too fat. Or maybe they could tell her to put down the extra burger because she really doesn’t need it.

    I’m not saying that people should be giving unsolicited advice to others about their health or their weight. I’m just saying I find it interesting that our own perceptions of what is acceptable and beautiful dictate whether or not we are prepared to offend someone by commenting on their weight and telling them what to eat. I think people in positions of power and authority need to do more to educate people and focus on prevention versus treatment. I recently found a new GP who believes strongly in preventative medicine. Most of my appointments are 45 minutes long because he takes the time to give me advice. I know this isn’t a common experience, but it should be.

    As usual, great post! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. Thank you for taking the time and writing your heartfelt words in your comment. If you live a “clean” life, people resent the fact that you do and they don’t (in many cases.) It is a discipline people choose to live by or not to. It is a personal decision. Many people are uncomfortable about their own lives and therefore are more likely to pass judgement about others. I have been told many times that I certainly can afford a dessert or high saturated fat meal based on my appearance. I have learned that people are more willing to accept a statement like, “you’re right, but I just had a huge meal before coming here and I couldn’t put another thing in my mouth” than hearing, “I choose not to eat these type of foods.” The second sentence makes other people feel like you are judging them (even though you’re not.) Everyone can relate to being too full to eat. Sometimes diplomacy and tact outweigh honesty that becomes confrontational.

      You have found yourself a gem of a doctor. You also sound like you know the type of services you want and need from a doctor. This makes for a winning combination.

      I am willing to bet you will be an inspiration for many fellow bloggers in the future. Continue to find happiness in life and pay it forward.

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  5. I agree, working in the school system I see more and more of this problem each year. The school I am in is inner city so all the struggles you list are definite problems that are not easy to fix. I like to say parents do the best they can with the skills they have. With that we need to teach new skills.

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    1. I find it interesting when teachers and parents complain that children are unwilling to eat the healthier choice foods offered at school. Their attitudes might change if they were placed in countries where children were simply thankful not to starve. Parents need to fulfill their responsibilities to teach values and principles. Children may not appreciate it at the time, but their health is never worth compromising over. This would be a “battle” worth holding your ground on. They need to understand that health is only maintained if we actively participate on a daily basis in some manner. If we as parents set the example, it would be easier for the children to follow. If parents aren’t held accountable (even to themselves,) what value can we expect children to place on healthy lifestyles?

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      1. Easier said than done is some situations but great in theory.

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  6. You bring up a great point about nutritionists needing to play a much bigger roles. I totally agree with this and think a multi pronged approach to proper medical care have to involve proper food choices and guidance on how to make them.

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  7. More and more people are agreeing with your sentiment and are beginning to ask their doctors for a referral to a licensed nutritionist. Patients also have better access to information via the internet and are beginning to request that doctors consult each other improving patient outcomes.

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