OK, so I am not fat, but I am definitely termed overweight. When I started my 1 1/2 year journey to find a diagnoses, I had just had a 10 lb 10 oz baby. Because I got sick right after he was born, I was never able to lose all the baby weight. I was lucky if I had the energy to carry him around, much less get some exercise. I started going to doctors and trying to find out what was wrong with me. Their number one answer was that I must be depressed (since I had just had a baby), when that wasn’t the case the number 2 answer was I should lose weight. I’m sorry, what? First of all, how being overweight would cause me to lose sensation of my hands I do not understand. Second, the reason I couldn’t lose the pounds was because I was sick, I was not sick because of the pounds. Doctors do not seem to understand this differential. I have talked to so many chronically ill people who are overweight because they barely have the energy to get through life, much less exercise.
Multiple doctors told me I should lose weight. I tried to exercise and causes myself untold pain in the process. When I switched to my current doctor the first thing she said after examining me was “wow you really have amazing muscle tone considering how sick you have been.” Thank you! Someone actually acknowledging my muscles! (I have a 30 lb toddler that I carry around on a regular basis, hence the muscles). As she been treating me correctly and acknowledging my various health conditions, I lost weight. From my very worst to what I weigh now, I lost 20 lbs, in less than six months. I still have about 10 lbs to go to get to my pre-baby weight, but I am pretty sure I will get there in the next six months. Why was I able to lose weight finally? Because my health problems were actually addressed by a competent and caring doctor. Amazing how that works.