What does “The Disease Called Fat” Mean to You? with Dr. Mark Smith, MD
Title: What does the Title “The Disease Called Fat” Mean to You?
Intro: The core message is for a patient to understand that it’s not something that they should feel guilty about. It’s something they should be informed about. What can physicians do? Something that I think the physicians need to be informed about, because they’re almost part of the mechanism of guilt, because they’re propagating the misconception. That’s unfortunate because as physicians, we really shouldn’t be judgmental. We should really be more in tune to how can we get our patients from A, a condition where they’re not healthy, to B where they are healthy. It’s not about criticism, it’s about information, support, and trying to facilitate the process.
Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.