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Help! My doctor's overweight...how do I ask for nutritional help??

My college has a nutritionist you can go see for free but it requires a referral from a clinician. I feel like I can't ask my doctor for a referral because although I'm slightly overweight (about 20 pounds), my doctor is overweight too and by much much more than me!! How do I ask her for a referral to a nutrtionist to help me lose weight without making it awkward?

Tue. Aug 7, 12:11pm

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Don't feel sorry,you have to do whats best for you.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 12:25 PM

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this seems like a funny problem. I would suggest you don't mention weight. Just say you want to learn about healthier eating patterns and want to see a nutritionist. Then you can discuss weight with the nutritionist. This may avoid an awkward convo with the doc?


Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 12:42 PM

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I would just ask, period. If the doc feels uncomfortable I'm sure she wouldn't let on. If she is a professional she wouldn't bring her own situation into the conversation. Has your OB/GYN ever talked in detail about their pregnacy with you? I think you have nothing to worry about.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 1:05 PM

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this is a non-issue.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 1:24 PM

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just ask period, you should not feel judged by her... it's your choice to see a nutritionist and get down to a healthy weight not hers.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 2:27 PM

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your doctor already knows he/she is overweight. who knows - maybe the situation used to be worse and he/she has already lost some weight. just ask. in the end, you are the one responsible for your health.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 2:35 PM

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never mind that....

....like all overweight people - your doctor surely knows more about weight/weight loss than most! just ask.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 3:45 PM

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when i was seeing a therapist who was very overweight, i had been taking some prescriptions and put on a lot of weight. and i was experiencing many difficulties adjusting to the fat person i was slowly, and seemingly incontrollably, becoming. i also had some apprehensions about bringing up the subject. i decided that, look, it's my office visit and my money paying for that office visit. i'm not going to waste either. if my therapist had any uncomfortable feelings about the topic, it was not my problem. sounds a bit harsh and self-centered, maybe, but that's what one is supposed to be focused on when visiting a doctor or therapist-oneself. it's funny because i didn't ever wonder if other topics were going to be an issue with her-i mean, i would discuss sexual abuse, self-harm, drug addictions, those kinds of things and never thought about the impact that conversing about those subjects may have had on her. if you are too uncomfortable, could you inquire with the associates who answer the phone/make appointments and see if they can recommend someone else who can evaluate you and offer you the advice you seek?

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 3:55 PM

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