Dec 19, 2007

No kidding

This is a real conversation that I had with a patient today. No specifics will be made as to maintain anonymity. Anyway, I've probably had this same conversation with about 50 other people, so I highly doubt it could be traced. Those of you in health care will understand the following.

Patient: What can you do to help me lose weight?
Me: Tell me the kinds of food you eat.
Patient: In the morning I snack on carrots, celery, crackers, peanut butter and Jello cups. Then I don't eat until dinner.
Me: Do you eat out a lot?
Patient: No. Today I had two double cheeseburgers and a fry, but that's all I'll eat all day.
Me: If you're going to eat out, at least try to minimize your portions.
Patient: I did. I had a small fry. It's the fries that are bad for you.
Me: What about the cheeseburgers?!
Patient: Those aren't that bad for you.
Me: You're kidding me, right? Let's move on. How about exercise?
Patient: That would take willpower. I can't make myself exercise. Don't you have a pill you could give me?

And this is why so many obese people cannot lose weight. It actually takes willpower and stick-to-it-tiveness. That's right. I made up a word.

5 comments:

The Outlaw Kyle said...

So...Is there a pill or what? Me want pill, no want to walk.

Brian said...

Sticktoitiveness is a word. The Chuck used it all the time when we were growing up.

Patty Ann said...

Unfortunately they're going to be needing a lot of pills later in life, for cholesterol, blood pressure, and maybe even blood sugar. The dollar menu is poisoning this generation.

Anonymous said...

Frustrating,isn't it? It kills me when they say "I'm gaining so much weight! That doctor is going to have to do something about it!" Like they don't play a role in their own weight control. OY! Linda

mamins said...

My former surgeon is making TONS of money with people going the bariatric route to loose weight.

That's right Brian, Chuck has his own Webster dictionary and you all learned many words, good and bad out of the Chuck/Ron lifetime dictionary!