There may come a time when you need to break up with your doctor, says Dr. Jerome Groopman, author of How Doctors Think. If ever people feel that their doctor is no longer supporting their health, they need to know how to say goodbye and move on.
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Know When It's Time to Fire Your Doctor
Dr. Diet weighs in:
Your doctor should be someone whom you can trust and confide in as your professional partner in your weight loss journey. A good doctor will help motivate you and will offer his or her help in being accountable to someone.
However, this positive relationship does not always occur. Here are my thoughts regarding some of the times when the physician-patient relationship has turned sour, and it's time to say goodbye and move on:
-- When your doctor's approach to weight control is "don't bring it up and pretend it's not an issue."
-- If your doctor shows his or her biases against overweight people by saying that "weight loss is simple, don't be lazy."
-- If instead of empowering you to make healthy lifestyle changes, the doctor's approach is paternalistic and threatening, such as, "I want you to lose 30 pounds or you will die."
So â€" what should you be looking for? You want to find a doctor who guides, supports and shares decision-making - someone who listens and helps to monitor you and recommends treatments and supportive programs.