How to Start the Conversation About Weight Loss With Your Doctor

How to Start the Conversation About Weight Loss With Your Doctor

According to statistics from World Health Organization, Australia has the third highest occurrence of overweight adults in Western society.

Another World Health Organization study in 2017 concluded that about 29% of Australians are obese or overweight. That roughly translates to 1 in 4 people and is the reason why obesity in Australia is referred to as an epidemic.

Why is it so difficult to talk about weight?

Unfortunately, discussing weight is like discussing finance; it’s a taboo subject. Most people, even doctors are reluctant to open up about this subject because weight, daily habits, and diet, are incredibly personal topics. The sensitivity of the topic could easily trigger an emotional response.

For a lot of people, losing weight is not just about eating right and exercising, it’s a genetic matter that can only be resolved through medical cooperation. For others, lifestyle changes can make a world of difference, they just require support and guidance from a medical professional. So, weight loss is a really important discussion to have. Especially if you are concerned about your personal health and how it affects your daily experience, it is essential to acknowledge this subject with a medical professional. After all, the toughest part about a weight loss journey is the inauguration, aka; starting the conversation with your GP.

Addressing your weight with a doctor is not a vulnerable matter, it is a courageous act. It shows that you’re taking initiative in creating a happier, healthier, life for yourself and others in your life. Additionally, you’re not alone in this. Not only are there are so many other people in the same boat as you are, there are also a lot of people who are passionate about helping you achieve your full potential, including your GP.

If you’re wanting to start the conversation with your doctor, but don’t know where to start,

Here are ways you can prepare yourself before the appointment:

Don’t be intimidated

It is important to keep in mind that you’re not the only person going through this issue, so there’s no need to feel singled out. Even though the conversation is based on your personal health, many people can relate to your circumstances. It is also your doctors’ job to help you with these concerns.

Set yourself realistic goals

Before you go into the appointment, it would be constructive for both yourself and your doctor to have an idea of your weight loss goals and your aspired lifestyle changes while keeping in mind your personal limitations. This way, you might be able to build a suitable weight loss plan together and get tips on how to alter your lifestyle in a safe and effective way.

As for initiating the conversation,

Here are some questions you can ask:

Is my weight affecting my health?

Find out if your current weight is having negative effects on your daily life, limiting your capabilities or affecting your mentality.

How will my health improve if I lose weight?

Find out your potential if you did alter your lifestyle.

Am I at risk for developing other issues because of my weight?

Not enough people are asking this question, which results in them finding out about serious health problems at a detrimental point.

My diet/physical activity consists of these: ____, how could I improve this?

Having an open and honest discussion about your current habits will help pinpoint the source of your problem as well as create a launching pad for potential solutions. This could include diet change, introducing physical activity, looking into bariatric surgery, etc.

What type of diet/exercise routine would you suggest for my body type?

This can help you begin to create a routine that will promote weight loss. Alternatively, if diet and exercise are not suitable, your doctor may recommend bariatric surgery.

What should my goals be?

Your doctor might be able to give you a good idea of how much weight you should be losing in a reasonable amount of time in order to stay healthy.

How long will it take to reach my goal?

Crash diets and overworking are not healthy or realistic weight loss methods.

Where do I start?

Again, a realistic way to kick off your weight loss journey.

What type of diet/exercise routine would you suggest for my body type?

This can help you begin to create a routine that will promote weight loss. Alternatively, if diet and exercise are not suitable, your doctor may recommend bariatric surgery.

When in doubt, call Surgical Weight Loss Centre. We have a dedicated team of GP, dietitians, and surgeons who are here to help you begin your journey as well as support you through it. If you don’t have a set GP already, get in contact with us so that we can start the conversation about your health and achieve your health goals.

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