The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Blog: Failing as a Physician
Lat night I went to a local restaurant and they sat me and Nataliya at a booth next to a medical patient of mine. (He is not in the SP Program and will not read this entry) I just saw him for a physical exam several weeks ago and he has multiple medical problems, many of which are associated with his morbid obesity. Obviously, during the course of the visit, I (politely) reminded him of the importance of weight loss in hiss efforts to become healthier and rid himself of medications. He is a highly intelligent person and of course, knows the consequences of his weight. I offered him the SP Program and he told me he would ‘think about it”. Last night as I was walking to the table, I saw a plate of nachos in between he and his wife and that was clearly an “appetizer” as there was a burger and fries in front of him as well. Clearly, my words and efforts failed. As I think about this, I do start blaming myself a bit, believing that perhaps I can deliver the message in a more impactful manner. Should I be more “tough”, like keep a casket in a room, walk an obese person over to it, ask them to hop in and see that their near future will be, should I make my suggestions in a different manner? Should I market the SP program more aggressively? I guess if I cannot get my medical patients to pursue a weight loss effort, whether it be SP or other, I have failed as a physician for that person.