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    Has it ever occurred to you that your health care providers/professionals may have found it difficult to discuss your weight, for fear of upsetting you? Or have you experienced the exact opposite – no tact whatsoever?

    I had a GP in the 1980s who blamed absolutely everything on my weight. A wart: overweight, a chest infection: overweight, eczema: overweight…… My darling little Mum once said to him ‘You dare blame this on my daughter’s weight’ after a nasty bout of Meniere’s Disease (which I still have and take meds for!)

    Isn’t it wonderful to encounter health care professionals who don’t judge you the minute you step foot through the door? I think all Primary Care Providers should be trained in offering help without judgement – to ALL patients. In my opinion, it makes for better outcomes for the patient.

    Doodah x

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