3. Blame it on the weight

The well-intentioned “Time to lose weight” recommendation from doctors to their overweight patients may actually end up doing more harm than good.  Of the 30% of Americans that are now considered clinically obese, physicians are facing a growing dilemma of how to treat medical problems without using their weight as a blanket explanation.  Pain in your chest? Get to the gym. Agonizing back pain? Cut the calories. Research shows that this type of thinking results in physicians spending less time with overweight patients, and even forgoing recommendations for potentially life-saving diagnostics tests.  It’s no surprise that this can lead to pretty awful health outcomes that could be preventable at any size. So in the words of a nondescript wise man, “Assumptions. Can we like, not?”