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5 Tips for Talking to Your Doctor About Obesity

Bariatric Surgery News & Research | Adelaide Bariatric Centre

14 May 2018 1:53 PM

Talk to Doctor about obesity

Speaking to your doctor about something as sensitive about your weight can be a daunting task, even though we all know that it is for our own benefit. Sharing personal details about our lifestyle, diet and body isn’t always the easiest thing to do but it is a necessary process that you have to go through so that the medical professional that you are visiting leaves the session with as much information as possible so they can provide you with the best care available to help you take control of your weight loss.

Being prepared before you head off to your first visit can ease some of the anxiety you might feel when sharing sensitive information about your health. Here are five things you can do to be prepared for your first official chat about your weight with a medical professional that can make things a little easier.

1. Bring a list of your concerns

Trying to remember everything you want to ask your doctor at your appointment can be difficult, especially if you are nervous, anxious or embarrassed. It can be very helpful to write out a list of questions you have for your doctor before your appointment when you are more comfortable. This will ensure that you can get answers to some of the most important questions you have and make the best use of the time that you are sharing with your doctor.

2. Bring your information with you

When you are meeting with your doctor, they may ask you questions about you medical history and what medications you take. If possible, prepare a list with all the prescription drugs,herbal medications and supplements that you take regularly so that you can ensure that your doctor receives the most accurate information. If you have access to your medical records or have seen other doctors recently and have notes or feedback from that visit, providing this information can also be helpful.

3. Come with a family member or a close friend for support

Sometimes it is easier to cope with anxiety when you bring a familiar face along with you to share in the experience. The presence of family and friends can be a very effective way to help your appointment run smoothly, especially if they have some knowledge about your history that can assist in your doctor’s assessment.

4. Request an interpreter if you need one

Trying to deliver sensitive information can be extremely difficult and even impossible if you do not speak the same language as your doctor. If you require an interpreter it is important that you request one to be present so that you and your doctor can communicate effectively.

5. Bring a pen and paper to take notes

You will be provided with a large amount of information and potentially instruction during your visit with your doctor so feel free to take notes during the conversation that you can refer back to at a later date. Having a way to record some of the main points of your conversation can lessen the anxiety often associated with the effort of trying to remember everything in real time.

Speaking to your doctor is an important first step to addressing obesity or any weight-related health issues you may have. Being prepared to discuss a potentially sensitive subject will help your doctor get the best information to provide useful medical advice, and will help you to get the most out of your appointment.

Your doctor will be able to provide you with a referral to speak to one of the specialists at Adelaide Bariatric Centre who are very experienced and sensitive to patient’s needs when discussing obesity related matters.