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June 27, 2012 Poll Results

Should doctors be required to screen patients for obesity?

Yes 45% 108 votes
No 54% 128 votes
Total: 236 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


June 27, 2012
1:33 p.m.

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First, what does "screen" specifically mean? I would say if the patient requests to be thoroughly examined in order to learn why he/she is obese that's fine. The doctor may or may not be able to help. Even though Mayor Bloomberg thinks so, the causes of obesity are sometimes complex.

It's not always over-eating. For instance, I'm over 50, am average height, and have weighed about 160 lbs all my adult years. Yet I do not exercise, I regularly eat fried foods, ice cream, donuts...(with an occasional healthy meal)

Why I'm not obese, I don't know. We can each think of someone who looks at food and gains weight. Obesity is complex, and I wouldn't trust many doctors to understand it. So, I say "No" to doctors screening for obesity.

June 27, 2012
3:07 p.m.

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To what end?
The offending pork chop will be reported to the State Police, or the National Guard or Ben and Jerry's?

Any reasonably informed self aware individual over the age of 10 knows or suspects that he is overweight, possibly obese, and doesn't really need affirmation from a physician. That doctor can't make the overweight individual take better care of herself, or force him to lose weight anyway. Unless that screening produces a real, constructive and binding solution to the problem why bother with another regulation and the increased cost of the paperwork and the cost of time involved?
Everyone agrees that obesity in this country is rampant, and nearly epidemic in proportion. Make the obese social outcasts, spurn them? Coddle and sympathize with them like we are now? Speak to them in a stern voice? Starve them, or exercise them to death?

What no one can agree on is how to effectively combat and eliminate obesity. We all have ideas as to how to combat it, hard choices do need to be made and instituted, and soon. The cost of medical treatment for complications related to obesity will bury us financially if we don't come up with an effective solution.

June 27, 2012
3:56 p.m.

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You don't have to be an MD to recommend to most obese patients the following plan of action...

Eat less. Move more.

That won't work for everyone. Some have weight problems that go beyond that.

June 27, 2012
8:07 p.m.

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If doctors have to screen for it, insurance companies had better have to cover reasonable treatment programs/gym memberships.

June 27, 2012
9:44 p.m.

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So... we know what goes hand in hand with the increase in insurance coverage, don't we MDogsMom....

Higher premiums for all of us, big or small to pay, yet almost as many fatties waddling around as before...'cause if they ignore the image in the mirror, they sure as hell will ignore the Doctor's advisory!

June 28, 2012
3:47 p.m.

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Should they screen? Probably.

Do we need to mandate screening? No. No no no.

Let the legislature legislate; let the doctors doctor.

When there are enough MD's in the legislature then maybe they can start INTERFERING with medical treatment and care.

Until then, I'd say they are practicing medicine without a license.

July 2, 2012
9:13 a.m.

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Its not how much people are eating !! You cant overdose or gain weight eating fruit or veggies !! Wake up people- it's all the processed crap that comes in a box, or in a bottle of blue liquid being marketed as real food or an energy drink.

A doctor absolutely has the duty to inform a patient that they are overweight and going down a path of sickness- they then should referred to registered dietician or health food nutritionist. It is not rocket science to learn the difference between a real food and processed one- ie: giving hormones and antibiotics to cows makes them bigger and fatter so of course drinking milk or eating the meat from these animals fed hormones is going to pass on to people who consume them and make people fat..along with the added fat and sugar to addict you to bad food...You cant get sick or fat eating real food- increase fruit/veggies, eliminate meat if you cant afford hormone/antibiotic free and cut cut cut cakes and cookies and candy !

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