If you put on some extra pounds during the pandemic, you’re definitely not alone. A lot of us did!! According to a new Harris Poll, 57% of people report gaining some weight during the pandemic; of those who gained any weight, nearly 3 in 4 gained 10 or more pounds, and half gained 15 or more pounds.
More than half of people surveyed said they’re uncomfortable discussing their weight with their doctor. Three of the main reasons for feeling uncomfortable are: feeling embarrassed, feeling guilty, and feeling judged.
To talk about this, I interviewed Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, an obesity medicine physician scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School to get her thoughts. She shared tips on how to feel more comfortable talking with your doctor and talked about the Why Weight: Communicate educational initiative.
MORE ABOUT DR. STANFORD:
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FTOS is a renowned obesity medicine physician scientist, educator, and policy maker at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is a national and international sought-after expert in obesity medicine who bridges the intersection of medicine, public health, policy, and disparities.
Interview with Dr. Stanford:
whyweightcommunicate.com is a very valuable resource site for conversation starters to talk about your weight with your providers.