Tuesday, July 24, 2007

We've tried nothin' and we're all out of ideas

Kate Harding's douchehound of the day reminded me of something that drives me nuts about hand-wringing over the fatness of the American people. Quoth the douchehound:
OK, how can you dismiss doctors who ask for lifestyle changes when you havent even attempted to make them?
Because for one reason or another, doctors asking for lifestyle changes has little to no long-term effect on patients' weight or health. If doctors are serious about the need for their patients to lose weight, they need to find methods that work (instead of methods that would work if they worked). What should be dismissed is the idea that dispensing instructions that are either ignored or impossible to follow at all resembles medical care.
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