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What does weight-inclusive health care mean? A dietitian explains

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By Lauren Butler

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More recently, the American Medical Association released a statement outlining the harms and shortcomings of using BMI as a clinical measurement.

More exactly, last summer the House of Delegates adopted a revised policy recognizing the issues surrounding benefits and limitations of using BMI in clinical settings. And in doing so, recognized some of the concerns voiced by this author over harms seen all too often in clinical practice. The policy can be viewed here: https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/ama-use-bmi-alone-imperfect-clinical-measure.

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As read in the article this seems like a better organized and defined approach to what traditionally been considering a proper and professional practice of medicine in health care. With doctors that don't see the patients simply as a collection of numbers but as individuals with specific needs and risks on their own and therefore requiring a personalized attention.

In a way not something exactly new, but it can be very helpful to define it so clearly, it can help other health care professionals to shift their focus more easily and to do it in an organized way (much safer) instead of just focusing less in the weight of the patient.

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The biggest health problem in "developed" countries is obesity. Covid at it's peak didn't come close. Sadly it's being normalized, even by the medical community. Doctors need to be honest. Not "You have a heart condition" but " You have a heart condition because you are too fat."

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The for profit health industry, along with the pharmaceutical and fast food industry, welcome this change as it will ensure healthy profits for all. The losers are taxpayers and the poor suckers who will be encouraged to practice gluttony.

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Adjust one's diet and exercise, and no medicines would be needed for weight control according to the medical consensus, This is the best approach to weight control according to the experts.

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Adjust one's diet and exercise, and no medicines would be needed for weight control according to the medical consensus

The medicines used for weight control are not replacing diet and exercise, they make much more likely to be successful doing it, which is why the experts justify their use and approved them precisely for this purpose.

Expecting people to simply adjust their lifestyles as if it was easy to do it is not the best approach, in fact it is already abandoned as an strategy,

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Expecting people to simply adjust their lifestyles as if it was easy to do it is not the best approach, in fact it is already abandoned as an strategy,

Can't transplant will power or self responsibility.

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Can't transplant will power or self responsibility.

But doctors can responsibly use treatments that importantly improve the rate of success in changing their lifestyles, greatly reducing the risk for their health, no need to transplant will power or responsibility.

It is part of a much better culture of not automatically conclude will power will solve every problem, and that every patient with increased weight has a problem. It is a complement to what the article talks about that will result in better public health.

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Doesn't make sense to discourage docs to consider a patient's weight, considering it's very often a major contributor to one's health issues.

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Doesn't make sense to discourage docs to consider a patient's weight, considering it's very often a major contributor to one's health issues

Did you even read the article? the point that this is not always the case and that exclusively focusing on weight can be more damaging than beneficial for the patients. Letting weight be a secondary way to indicate weight man patients end up with a much more healthy lifestyle and can be successful in preserving that much better lifestyle with much more ease.

Do you have any evidence that contradicts the claim from the author of the article that says research proved weight-inclusive approach resulted in a better health for the patients? without it you can't claim the approach does not make sense.

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Here's a good video about accepting obesity:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xT7ecySy33w

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Ignore this person and other proponents of 'weight-inclusive health care'. Recognise the undeniable scientific fact, which cares not for feelings, that obesity=health problems.

The solution, though tough to implement is, eat less, eat healthy, exercise more.

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Being overly coy about the consequences of obesity does people no favours. Neither does telling them that it is all the fault of society.

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Here's a good video about accepting obesity:

Making fun of something is not the same as accepting it.

Ignore this person and other proponents of 'weight-inclusive health care'

Based on what? you present no evidence, no argument that the article is wrong, the article in the other hand clearly reference research that prove their points.

Without evidence to contradict the article the author is simply much more likely to be correct.

Being overly coy about the consequences of obesity does people no favours. Neither does telling them that it is all the fault of society.

The article does neither, it presents a clear and scientific reasoning why focusing too much on weight is detrimental to the patient health, and how an inclusive approach actually improves their health. Your comment make it seem as if you didn't even read the article.

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