My Response To Fatphobia Claims

2020-ж., 15-июл.
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I was scrolling through reddit today and came across this post saying I have “fatphobic tendencies”. This was really hard for me to read and caused me to take a critical look back at my previous comments regarding obesity, bariatric treatments, and diet recommendations (Keto, intermittent fasting, vegan, etc.) Our culture demonizes people for their weight, from rogue marketing pushing “ideal bodies” in media to a lack of representation for large bodied people on stage and on screen. That being said, I am a doctor, and my job is to help people live longer, healthier lives, and often those results can be achieved through a variety of tactics that will reduce the weight of people who suffer from obesity. It’s a fine line between helping my patients and making sure they don’t feel judged or criticized for the way they look, and I’m working hard to get it right.
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  • I hope that the down votes are from people who think it’s absolutely ridiculous that you should even have to say these things. People are insane when it comes to potentially offending certain groups these days.

    Zack BellZack Bell43 мүнөт мурун
  • I like to think I'm a fan of intermittent fasting too, but in reality it's only because I go to bed at night and don't get up for a 4am snack…

    Coco AzoiteiCoco Azoitei2 саат мурун
  • These people probably arent doctors

    Daniel ArenivasDaniel Arenivas5 саат мурун
  • Damn! I wish I was living in his city to have him as my doctor. He seems so in love with his job, and he looks like the kind of doctor that really listens to treat you the best way possible.

    Nicolas CNicolas C8 саат мурун
  • If you like Mike please see this @

    kimie Dovekimie Dove10 саат мурун
  • Not praising someone for being overweight isn’t someone being fat phobic it’s just common sense

    David 1298David 129822 саат мурун
  • when people say that anorexia is unhealthy there's no outrage then! so why is there so much outrage when talking about how obesity is unhealthy???

    acutelychronicacutelychronic23 саат мурун
  • I don’t think Dr. Mike is fatphobic. I do think that there is a general tendency in medicine however to automatically assume fat people are the only ones that need counseling on their nutrition. I have a BMI of about 19.8 and I’m at 25 years old. A doctor has never ever even touched the topic of nutrition with me. I eat very unhealthily and I’m trying to change that because I don’t want excess fat around my internal organs and I want to have more muscle mass to be healthier. Anyway, I think there needs to be wider dialogue about health and nutrition that doesn’t just center on fat=unhealthy and other factors need to be brought into the equation such as mental health and socioeconomic stressors that could be contributing to the obesity epidemic we are experiencing. So this is more of a societal thing as opposed to Dr. Mike alone. Prevention will always be easier and cheaper than trying to deal with consequences of being unhealthy and I think that doctors advising people to exercise more to strengthen their bones, muscles, and lungs should not be considered fat phobic. I also think the conversations need to go deeper than ‘you need to exercise and eat healthy’.

    Peach LilyPeach LilyКүн мурун
  • As an obese woman. A doctor literally talking about health and weight relations to health is not fatphobic it’s medicine.

    FreeInsults -_-FreeInsults -_-Күн мурун
  • If you want doctors who don’t talk about weight with you get a neurologist bc they will talk about who insanely low your brainactivity is

    ThatoneDudeThatoneDudeКүн мурун

    Elizabeth DawsonElizabeth DawsonКүн мурун
  • Doctor: Cancer can kill you. Idiots: You are cancerphobic...........and deathphobic.

    Henry SeywardHenry SeywardКүн мурун
  • I feel like there are so many people in the comments who are taking a very "all or nothing" approach to this. They are either one side or the other, while not seeing that this situation might be more than that. I see where the original poster is coming from. It is difficult to live in a world that is contantly demonizing your body for being bigger. Many people think they are "helping" by aggressively giving unwanted advice. Ive watched videos of Mike, where certain comments he makes seem judgemental or shaming. But ive also watched many other videos that show he truly cares and all his comments are made with a desire to better people. So I see how the original commenter could have taken those "shaming" comments, and felt they were made in bad faith, and made further assumptions about him from there. With that being said, Mike is a doctor, its literally his job and main goal to have people be as healthy as possible. This includes advocating for exercise, healthy eating, etc. If you have experienced fatphobia, those might be difficult things to hear about. But that is a problem that you need to fix within yourself (and w/ a therapist). He has also said in his fad diet videos that he would never prescribe those to someone. They were something he tried for himself, as a way to share information about those diets. All-in-all I think the original posters main problem is really with fatphobia/media/medical industry as a whole, not Mike specifically.

    Taylor HillsTaylor HillsКүн мурун
  • I love that you take all this seriously and takes it up point by point. I hope you dont feel bad about this because you think you are fatphobic because you arent. Fatphobia is the hate of obese people because of aesthetics. I understand the frustration that obese people feel because often an underlying problem can be overlooked because of their weight. I'm obese and I dont think you are doing anything wrong, you arent fatphobic because you care about people's health not their aesthetics.

    Sebastian BlassSebastian BlassКүн мурун
  • Seeing a doctor, trying to reason with trolls on the internet, it's like trying to reason with a child about eating chocolate all day long. You don't negotiate. You simply don't buy chocolate very often. If you don't have it around the house, you won't have anything to negotiate about. They will thank you 10 years later. Just wait. I mean who's the parent here? You or me? Also who is the doctor here? Dr. Mike or the trolls?! There are things in life you simply don't argue about. You just don't. People die of obesity. When are we going to admit that?! After that obese people go back to doctors and ask desperately for help.

    Natasha Coloring ZONENatasha Coloring ZONE2 күн мурун
  • Absolutely brilliant

    Cyle MortonCyle Morton2 күн мурун
  • This video is amazing

    Emily LynchEmily Lynch2 күн мурун
  • Being fat is unhealthy and your doctor is the one who went to medical school, not you. I'm fatter than hell and I understand that when a doctor says you need to lose weight, they want you to be healthy, they're not fat shaming. People who don't understand this are in their own delusional bubble.

    HarryBoBarryHarryBoBarry2 күн мурун
  • Idk why people saying doctors are fatphobic when they are just warning about health risks. They're doing their job, they're not fatphobic and telling obese people they're ugly or anything. Society too sensitive sometimes

    Rex MinRex Min2 күн мурун
  • These people are like the left’s equivalent of climate change deniers.

    Jason JungreisJason Jungreis2 күн мурун
  • Fat is fucking wrong. Obesity create all sort of problem. There are many cons without any pros. People treat it like a clothing choice, treat it like it's about being handsome/beautiful. But it is about ur health, not ur appearance. And obesity is unhealthy. Its nothing like being short hair or long hair, black skin or white skin. Its not a discrimination. It is health. Stop treat it like we are discriminating. Dumb people.

    prum chhangsrengprum chhangsreng2 күн мурун
  • Sounds like that writer is being pretty defensive and taking it personally.

    SG FSG F2 күн мурун
  • The "fatphobic stance in medicine" might refer to a general sense that being "overweight" is seen as a negative thing, when in fact having some visible fat (paunchy stomach, etc) aids in survivability. Overall, having a six-pack may not be as healthy as being flabby.

    Muninn MyrkviMuninn Myrkvi3 күн мурун
  • the problem, is that medicine has a lot of internal biases that lead to fat people getting poor medical advice - if the patient is fat, it's very common for doctors to try to blame the patient's high BMI for any other issue, even clearly unrelated issues; and this bias gets swept up in the research. So it's very easy for a doctor to be fatphobic without realizing. And the further question, is, where is the causality - is obesity a cause of poor health, a result, or neither? And if the obesity is the cause, where is it coming from? Doctors love assuming, both that obesity is the cause of any possible issue, and that obesity is a result of the patient's poor habits, without verifying that either assumption is correct. The problem isn't that these treatment approaches exist, it's that they are overly popular compared to other options that are far more compatible with certain patients.

    octet33octet333 күн мурун
  • Dr. Mike gets his ideas from medical research, science and facts. SJW's get their ideas from narratives and baseless ideologies.

    Esteban RinconEsteban Rincon3 күн мурун
  • I'm a 41 year old women. I want people to know and understand. I see so many people who talk about fatphobia are young. When I was young and obese I was "healthy" also. But guess what it all came crashing down when my body could no longer handle it. I don't think my previous doctor's were fatphobic by saying you need to lose weight when my labs always revealed I was "healthy" they knew what could be to come and wanted to have me avoid that, well they were right and now I'm dealing with it. Thankfully my current doctor was able to explain to me during a time were I was mentally and emotionally ready to receive the information. I'm thankful he didn't give up on me or my life would be so much worse.

    Diann HazeltonDiann Hazelton3 күн мурун
  • Intermittent fasting is good . :/ And doctor Mike is right.He is healthy and that's his stance on health.He is not fat shaming but stating facts .I am overweight and I know I can do better.Doctor Mike encourages me

    moody starmoody star3 күн мурун
  • Hahaha fasting is very good for your body. If your healthy

    Fallen FlamingoFallen Flamingo3 күн мурун
  • I'm overweight and I don't find this "fatphobic" at all. In fact, I've lost 56 pounds so far based on some advice from this channel and from also doing my own research. Not everything people say about being obese is an insult.

    Brittany SilvaBrittany Silva3 күн мурун
  • Yeah I think that its hard for people to hear and they’re lashing out. It’s nothing on you mike. I’m a smoker and when people mention the fact that I might die or get lung cancer I get horrible anxiety and go down a rabbit hole of insecurity. I remember watching a show on a girl getting plastic surgery but she was a smoker and the doctor told her because she was a smoker as soon as they cut her skin it would turn grey and die. Eating disorders like obesity and addiction go somewhat hand in hand and it’s kind of a sore subject for people so I understand where they’re coming from. It’s scary so we avoid it but that doesn’t help our health. I’m going to schedule a doctors appointment and talk to my doctor about my nicotine addiction. I’ve told him about it before but he never really paid much mind to It in past visits and I didn’t push to bring it up because it scares me. But I want to be healthier and so do these people I think they’re just scared and lashing out at you and you don’t deserve that because you’re just trying to help them.

    Lalabunny BunbunLalabunny Bunbun3 күн мурун
    • I’m really glad that you acknowledged the fact that these people are probably just going through a lot because they are. I can’t imagine living and being obese. They are much stronger than I am. You’re doing a great awesome job and hate just comes with the territory of YouTubing. Doesn’t make it okay but I hope if you read this it makes you feel better

      Lalabunny BunbunLalabunny Bunbun3 күн мурун
    • Doctor Mike****

      Lalabunny BunbunLalabunny Bunbun3 күн мурун
    • And I’m overly sensitive so I know where they’re coming from I get emotional about my health and the thought of dying. Doctors are scary because they’re associated with treating our inevitably dying bodies. But doctors jobs are to prolong our lives. There is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. It’s a displacement of fear that we have with ourselves.

      Lalabunny BunbunLalabunny Bunbun3 күн мурун
  • I work in bariatrics. I greatly appreciate this post. Well done debunking and addressing these comments.

    Annie CopeAnnie Cope3 күн мурун
  • Being overweight used to be seen as a good thing but like many things research was done and now most people understand that it comes with many health issues.

    Poodingcupx3Poodingcupx33 күн мурун
  • Can you imagine Drs being social pressured into completely ignoring a patients weight and obesity?? This is the stupidest movement of the century. The influencers who are brainwashing this group should be ashamed.

    Jackie JJackie J4 күн мурун
  • ppl talking about fat phobia are retards. fat shaming is bad. period. but not talking about it cos you're worried about hurting their feelings is equally bad if not worse. It's like telling a friend who dressed like a cabbage they look sexy, or a friend who smokes that it's harmless. If your friend (or patient) is making poor life choices it's your duty as a friend to confront them, or at least highlight the problem at least once. if they're a real friend anyway. They might ignore your advice, but if you never say anything, not even once, you're just being fake. if you just want to hear how beautiful n perfect you are just hang out with your mum.

    stubsstubs4 күн мурун
  • We sadly live in a generation where people view anything not positive, even the truth, as hate and negativity when in fact it’s hard to tell the truth and most people do it out of love. Not to say there aren’t true hateful people out there. But the truth doesn’t always mean hate, it could very well mean love and care. And Drs do the same for others. Last year and the year before I was unwillingly losing weight uncontrollably. My Drs mentioned it out of concern. Turns out I have postural tachycardia and am an active person who just couldn’t eat enough to counteract the activity level I had and my active job. I didn’t view my Dr as hateful but caring. Same with my friends and my mom. It was the rude people who sought out to call me anorexic and sick and other mean names that were hateful. Yet the fat acceptance people do this to smaller people who some, like me, couldn’t help it. And it was hurtful. But I by no means thought my friends, family, or Dr were hateful. Perspective has been lost and needs to be found again.

    Laundrey1Laundrey14 күн мурун
  • I will go along with you here... clearly those comments are from someone who didn't sit to study and investigate. I mean, I'm not a doctor and I already know what you said!!! Preventive medicine IS KEY and beautiful when you have money and time 😅

    Karima CuberoKarima Cubero4 күн мурун
  • Also guys, you can exoerience Erectile dysfunction if you're overweight.

    Ozaru's PersonaOzaru's Persona4 күн мурун
  • If promoting healthy lifestyle, daily workout, managing your weight and telling people that obesity creates health problem and they should work on themselves count as Fatphobic than sign me the F up bec given that defination, i am a fatphobic

    Fahad A.Fahad A.4 күн мурун
  • So basically trying to make sure people are keeping up with their weight is wrong. Let's just be clear, people don't want to feel bad about their laziness, addiction, size, etc. The bottom line is about being healthy. People who tell you to not change and that eating a lot is good, they are NOT helping you.. This is your life. Do what you can.

    Ozaru's PersonaOzaru's Persona4 күн мурун
  • I’ve never heard of this guy, but he sounds like a jerk trying to save his reputation.

    Jose ValenzuelaJose Valenzuela4 күн мурун
    • no

      BNA YTBNA YT3 күн мурун
  • So here is the tea, When we talk about fat phobia and medicine-what really is angering, is that all of these risks associated with being overweight ALSO are associated with being underweight. IN FACT it is known that being underweight is MORE life threatening than being overweight. So when someone goes to the Dr and complains of back pain for example, almost always they are told that it is caused by being overweight and to loose weight. End of appointment. People who have normal BMI go to the doctor and say their back hurts, the doctor does an exam and orders imaging and labs. Fat phobia is a problem because symptoms are not being properly evaluated and treated. Underlying issues are undiagnosed and people die, not from being overweight but from medical neglect based on their weight. And again, being underweight is MORE risky than being overweight. So yeah to keep hammering about how fat people need too loose weight, while ignoring that fat peoples symptoms are largely ignored by health professionals. To also not caution against being underweight, in a society that continues to send messages that a thigh gap should be desirable.... While the comments Mike talked about were not clear on the issue of fat phobia and medicine, the constant doubling down of “risks of being overweight” while ignoring “risks of being underweight” IS IN FACT mike being fat phobic. 🤷🏻🤷🏻🤷🏻

    Logan BradfordLogan Bradford4 күн мурун
  • "and just in general he's talked about obesity and "watching what you eat" " Umm... What? How is that fatphobic ? 😂 He's literally just telling you to be careful about your health and trying to help he's not saying smth like "lol ur fat" I didn't see him fatshaming anyone and I don't think trying to prevent diseases is fatphobic

    blue soulblue soul4 күн мурун
  • If wanting someone to be healthy and live a happy life is a fatphobic and evil than what is logic anymore? Who even made this trend that if someone telling you to be eat healthy they are fatphobic? I want to personally have a serious talk with them.

    VEY_VEY_4 күн мурун
  • Some people, man... You know who's "fatphobic?" Science. Being obese is not healthy. If that offends or disappoints you, too bad. It's still true. Go cry about it, if you want. But don't get mad at doctors who are trying to help you, telling you the truth, and trying to do their job.

    Ethan PetersenEthan Petersen4 күн мурун
  • The genetic diabetes runs in my family (I don’t know what it’s called) and the main piece of advice that I got from a lot my medical professionals is that i (and really anyone else in my situation) should look after my body but if I do end up with it it’s not entirely my fault. Sometimes when people talk about diet, they forget that even people that are REALLY skinny have and or can have diet problems too. Fat shaming shouldn’t be a thing but I think we should be able to talk about it especially when it comes to things that aren’t entirely their fault (e.g. family situation, economic status, genetics)

    Thegpshow 2197Thegpshow 21974 күн мурун
  • Fat shaming , bullying are bad but a doctot telling person to manage food is not bad he is doctor he have to be honest with patients. 😔

    Enkhjin MyagmarsaikhanEnkhjin Myagmarsaikhan4 күн мурун
  • if there exist "a fat-phobic" term then can "health-phobic" term exist as well?

    z zz z4 күн мурун
  • Imagine telling an actual DOCTOR that you know more than him from your google searches

    Human PersonHuman Person4 күн мурун
  • im 5 feet tall and 92 pounds i dont think my body could handle fasting. am i right?

    joan baczekjoan baczek5 күн мурун
    • of course it can, just like it can take double or triple weight😁

      z zz z4 күн мурун
  • Dont worry Dr. Mike, as an overweight person, i know you are not fat shaming people or being fat phobic, whatever that really means. Too many people think that by avoiding reality, they wont have to feel badly about admitting they are overweight, so its everyone elses job in society to avoid letting fat people know they're fat. Society cant handle the truth. I call this entitled generation the "Do Over Gang" because they always tied in sports or got the chance to do something over so they didnt have to accept failure and learn from it

    Andrea MorinAndrea Morin5 күн мурун
  • Please don't be disheartened by this one viewer. Thousands of us are entertained, happy and healthy thanks to you. You are amazing!

    Taylor BishopTaylor Bishop5 күн мурун
  • That person has never actually been shamed for being fat and it shows. He's a doctor, you think he'll watch you be 300 lbs and go "yas girl all bodies are beautiful"? Show me a doctor who will NOT point out the health risks and I'll personally take their license.

    Melissa ReichertMelissa Reichert5 күн мурун
  • Being overweight or obese isn't healthy, he is a doctor. Its not hate, its the truth.

    Emmer WillieEmmer Willie5 күн мурун
    • Tell that to those saying people should have "body positivity" and just let their weight overrun the scale.

      z zz z4 күн мурун
  • this is what happens when you listen to reddit

    Necro DavidNecro David5 күн мурун
  • Being fat isn't healthy. That doesn't mean if you're fat you're a lesser human being. But you can't expect your doctor to pretend your weight is irrelevant to your health. Obesity is a symptom AND cause of type 2 diabetes, it's a cause of cardiovascular diseases, it's related to increased risk of a dozen types of cancer. You can't just watch a doctor recommending diet and exercise and claim he hates fat people. Especially since even when you don't want to lose weight, your health might still benefit from cutting out some sugar and running a mile every now and then.

    Fif0lFif0l5 күн мурун
  • Im objectively overweight (and i dont hate my body), and work in the medical field, and never have I felt in any way that dr mike is fatphobic. He is, however, simply stating the fact that at a certain point, your weight CAN (possibly) cause problems. Pretending that there are no risks, is simply being in denial. That does not mean that all people seen as "fat" or overweight, are living an unhealthy lifestyle, it just means that sometimes, being overweight can be a indication of a unhealthy lifestyle. But dr mike has never seemed fatphobic to me🤷‍♀️

    Isabelle TaljaardIsabelle Taljaard5 күн мурун
  • That doctor is a smart man.

    CryptobrefCryptobref5 күн мурун
  • If this is fat-phobic, then fat people are celery- and cucumber-phobic

    TheSuperappelflapTheSuperappelflap5 күн мурун
  • what is this blind spot that progressives are constantly trying to build around overweight and obese people? we cant progress if we arent honest about dangers to our health.

    Orc-jiitOrc-jiit5 күн мурун
  • Dr Mike looks so upset and that makes me mad. To the user who said all of that BS (I should say coward because they deleted their account on Reddit), I hope you step on

    aslowsnailaslowsnail5 күн мурун
  • Bruh he's just diagnosing obesity, a disease... how is that fat phobia????

    Sam HaineSam Haine5 күн мурун
  • Hi Dr. Mike! Sorry I’m 4 months late to this conversation! As a dietetic intern months away from becoming a registered dietitian, I truly don’t believe you are fatphobic. However, we do live in a fatphobic world. I think as a society, there is a stigma around living in a larger body & we know that stigmas do have very real health consequences. That said, I hope you understand that while being a weight inclusive medical professional DOES stray away from emphasizing weight, it DOES NOT stray away from health behaviors. As a dietitian, I could teach someone to eat well/exercise without adding a moral connotation to their weight. Will they lose weight due to these changes? Perhaps. Will their health improve regardless? Most likely. I don’t think weight is a sole indicator of health, and I think you see that too. While there can be validity to medically prescribed diets (e.g. renal, etc), I fear that many attempted fad diets (e.g. keto) lead to disordered eating (as can an overemphasis on weight/weight loss) regardless of a person’s size. I hope this all makes sense-I encourage you to check out resources like Health At Every Size & The Body is Not an Apology. This is a conversation we should be having, and I’m glad you brought it up-fatphobia is in fact a social justice issue. I’m not sure the comments you read got their point across all that well, but I see where their concerns stem from, so I’m just approaching this from another angle and adding my two cents! Have a good day!

    EmmaEmma6 күн мурун
    • @z z Thats precisely my point, you cannot tell if a person has any of the conditions we mentioned just by looking at them yet they endure the societal stigma around fatness regardless. Anyway, if a person is truly unhealthy living in a larger body why can’t we treat their conditions without ostracizing size? For example, if you have high blood pressure, let’s talk about a way to eat healthy that would work on that. I care about making you healthy first and foremost & if weight loss accompanies those behavior changes, so be it, but that is not my focus because there is so much unknown & unique about a persons weight & health is a much more complex picture than weight alone. I applaud your journey towards health, but I also used to be overweight as a kid and weight comments from family/doctors led me down a dangerous path of disordered eating (and i’m not alone in that-just look at the skyrocketing rates of eating disorders! many occur in “normal” to “larger” body sizes!) I’m not against promoting health, it’s my chosen career path! I just have a different means of pursuing it bc there are studies proving that pointing out a persons weight is not even effective and such comments can be harmful to a patient’s emotional wellbeing. People are much more apt to employ strategies that change behavior because we are taking their holistic wellbeing into consideration-not just physical appearance. I’m sorry if I came off strong, but this is a subject I am passionate about and hold strong convictions about. I appreciate the conversation & I truly do hope you have a nice life as well! Take care.

      EmmaEmma4 күн мурун
    • @Emma if you are simply big structured person and eat healthy and stay healthy then nothing wrong with it. i certainly understand that. what i'm referring to are those who knew pretty well they were capable of changing their eating habit in order to minimize the bad effects of junk. What i see usually for example on my 600lbs life, most people dont have problems with hormones or anything that causes the weight issue. the problem is eating processed and junk. even with a doctors advise they still wouldn't listen. You claim that you refrain from judging but a mere question of "health-phobic as opposite to your fat-phobic term" instantly make you judge. Just so you know i too was big before, had problems with my breathing. People pointed it out to me, and you see they were right. it is because of junkfoods. But hey, i'm just here for discussion if the person is open to it. seems you have something different in mind. so do have a good life.😊

      z zz z4 күн мурун
    • @z z I am curious as to where you are you sourcing this generalized information of “most”? Sure, weight gain can be caused by our dietary choices. Still, I prefer to refrain from judging people for their weight & food choices. I caution you that you are making a very gross assumption. I know of many overweight/obese people who are chronic dieters and constantly pursue weight loss yet STILL live in a larger body likely due to complex factors of genetics and a damaged metabolism from restriction. Or, what about those with binge eating disorders? Additionally, many people might live in larger bodies due to socioeconomic status-living in food desserts without access to, or being unable to afford healthy food options. There is no “main” cause of obesity and it certainly is not as simple as “bad eating habits.” My nutrition education has encouraged me to challenge this oversimplified societal belief, as it is a dangerous stigma to hold.

      EmmaEmma4 күн мурун
    • which actually most of obesity these days are because of bad eating habits, so then they must have "phobia towards health" as they prefer eating badly.

      z zz z4 күн мурун
    • nope. i understand there are people with certain conditions that make people gain excess weight. i am referring to those who are proud to eat all that junk and tell people they are being "fat-shamed"given their massive weight.

      z zz z4 күн мурун
  • I think the use of fatphobic definition is being used by the ppl criticizing dr mike is ridiculous. In my mind fat phobia would be hating someone cuz they are fat. Not wanting to help people be healthy and live long lives

    Natalie RectorNatalie Rector6 күн мурун
  • 😘😘😘🤗

    rina gketirina gketi6 күн мурун
  • I think they are ignoring the fact that he’s trying to help not trying to bully them.

    Blender BoosterBlender Booster6 күн мурун
  • As a Registered Dietitian of 20+ years, having practiced across the entire spectrum of life span , in patient, out patient, rehab, longterm care etc-I think you actually do a good job for a Doctor in explaining the nutrition aspects. So many doctors don't as they just don't have the knowledge that us RD's have.

    monykalyn fmonykalyn f6 күн мурун
  • It's to bad so many people react defensively to information instead of considering the possibility that the information might be at least a little helpful to them. Take what you want and leave the rest folks.

    Sandi MurphySandi Murphy6 күн мурун
  • Fat people will do anything but lose weight.

    I am not interested in your videoI am not interested in your video6 күн мурун
  • The sad part is the people who made these comments will most likely not watch this video

    ShroudysquidShroudysquid6 күн мурун
  • As a dude who is also fat, it isn't healthy and it really shouldn't be encouraged.

    Chute MiChute Mi6 күн мурун
  • Lol when did the world become so pc that telling people that they’re fat is wrong even when YOU ARE THEIR DOCTOR!! Fat is UNHEALTHY!!

    Clorox BleachClorox Bleach6 күн мурун
  • The only incentive for "rogue marketing" is capitalism.

    Véronique PouillonVéronique Pouillon6 күн мурун
  • imagine being so stupid as to call a doctor fatphobic, i get that these people are in pain because of the weight, but it is clearly not going away because you ignore it. i think fat shaming is a bad thing and i also think the obese people should take the help, sharing is caring after all

    jan bjerregaardjan bjerregaard6 күн мурун
  • I just want to pop in here and say that I was 373 pounds when I started my journey to weight loss. I got with a dietician and went through a 6 month-1 year long process of prepping for gastric bypass. Everything Dr.Mike is saying is 100% true. I had the surgery and am down too 186(190 when I’m bloated). I move better, run better, breathe better! Stop accusing people of fat phobia when you’re just ignoring the truth. You think a 21/22 year old wants to hear they are morbidly obese and could potentially die if she doesn’t do something? No. But now, at 24 I am living my life to the fullest and have never felt better. It was the best decision I’ve ever made and I could be quick to say it was from a past eating disorder, or hypothyroidism. The truth is, I just needed that extra help. It’s not about people judging your body type-it’s about the risks that are involved and the fact that people KNOW you can live a much fuller life. I would also like to thank you dr.mike as your channel keeps me invested in eating healthier. Sometimes it is easy to get off track when you are 1 1/2 years out and starting to eat a little more. Every time I watch you and your videos it reminds me that I need to keep going. I want to reach my goal and it is right in front of me! soapbox over-

    Nina Lynn HudsonNina Lynn Hudson6 күн мурун
  • Society says that you should eat well, they shame your for eating junk , and then they say body positivity is a great thing ( it is ) , but then when people acknowledge that you are obese or overweight/ unhealthy and that you should eat better, it’s suddenly fat phobia. Makes no sense to me

    Xinyi WangXinyi Wang6 күн мурун
  • Mike: "Its not capitalism, its rogue evil marketing." Me: "Soooo, Capitalism."

    Comrade ANThonyComrade ANThony6 күн мурун
    • You are conflating advertising with an economic model. Not the same thing.

      Jay AJay A6 күн мурун
  • Intermittent fasting is the best thing for you and if hes a keto fan that works even better

    donnasparrow4donnasparrow46 күн мурун
  • PLEASE respond to HannahTalksBodies tiktok/instagram videos!! She addresses all the ways that fat people face fatphobia in medical care. Example: "I went in for an ear infection and my doctor recommended I lose weight." She also talks about how doctors do not consider that when recommending weight loss to their fat patients, many of them have struggled with disordered eating. I would love to know your thoughts, as she makes a lot of really relevant points supported by valid research. (I don't think you are fatphobic, but I think we all have room to grow 😊)

    rachel mercyrachel mercy6 күн мурун
  • In the first 2 minutes of this video he just proves that he's against body shaming. Indestructible doctor.

    Francisco BetancourtFrancisco Betancourt7 күн мурун
  • If you are fat you are not healthy, facts!

    Bat HombreBat Hombre7 күн мурун
  • Behold, the left and their political correctness. It’s ruining society and our perceptions of health

    n1tothrustn1tothrust7 күн мурун
  • My BMI score always has been in the underweight category... but that being said I have no eating disorder. Especially when I was younger my doctor was talking to me about it to figure out why I was so skinny, and at first blamed me for falling into a eating disorder... later we figured out my metabolism was just very fast. Literally my favourite thing to do is eating and doing sports so I learned to live with comments like you should eat more. When they get to know me better it’s often shock like how do you manage to stay in that shape if you eat that much. I actually now managed to get it just into the normal weight section as I finally build enough muscles to get there, but it was a long process

    Miriam GötzMiriam Götz7 күн мурун
  • Detoxing for me has been extremely important I have a pretty weak liver and a damaged micro biosphere That being said I have to take certain pills that absorb their certain things I sometimes have to go on a detox diet To bring down inflammation and to stop or prevent Mercury build up So ya don't say it's not importat It has brought my energy levels up so much

    carston careycarston carey7 күн мурун
  • I am only 10 and I fill Self conscious about my body so it's really just the world thinking get everybody feel this way and my opinion PS I Love my body more now than I was when I was a little younger

    Saige_is_a CoolsterSaige_is_a Coolster7 күн мурун
  • Can't believe you have to break this down like this.

    Mayank TyagiMayank Tyagi7 күн мурун
  • The original post stated some concerns that might not have been too legitimate. However, fatphobia is well-documented in medicine and often puts people’s health at risk. It’s more than telling “obese” people to lose weight at annual check ups. So so often, fat people go to the doctor exhibiting symptoms only to be told to lose weight and see if the symptoms diminish, rather than having doctors actually try to find a cause for them. This causes missed/delayed diagnoses and unnecessary suffering, that only worsens distrust in the medical system and doctors. Bottom line, listen to patients.

    Merin662Merin6628 күн мурун
  • I really want to go to a family doctor but I can't find a good place that friendly and nice and can help me the way I need it.

    Emily FergusonEmily Ferguson8 күн мурун
  • I was nervous going into this video because it's usually very cringey to watch a conventionally attractive, fit, educated, privileged cishet white man discuss weight loss and fatshaming. Overall I'm impressed with this video. He focuses on studies and evidence, BUT he really missed out on a lot that I, a public health social worker, wishes he touched on. Such that there are systems in place that make if difficult for many people to lose weight (lack of health insurance, distrust of the medical community, SNAP benefits preventing people from buying warm meals, many farmers markets not accepting EBT/SNAP, how much gym memberships cost, people having to work multiple jobs and therefore not having time for self-care, lack of access to affordable mental healthcare etc etc). This is something that I, a social worker, have noticed that many doctors miss when talking to a patient, or don't understand at all. When I got my MPH, I had many classes with MD students who were going for a joint degree, and we would always discuss in class how the community approach often found in public health really filled in some blind spots for them and made them more compassionate to patients. Long story short, I feel like this was a good start, but maybe Dr. Mike needs to look at some studies that discuss the challenges in weight loss and healthy eating in specific at-risk groups, as well as how harm reduction techniques can be added to nutritional health training. Perhaps he already knows this but didn't have the time or see fit to add it to this video. But when he works with patients, I do hope he keeps this information in the back of his mind, so that he can lead with compassion when having these tough discussions with patients. All the best, Dr. Mike!

    Pace MarshallPace Marshall8 күн мурун
    • @Pace Marshall i dont think its too difficult to get a decently healthy meal for not much money, a lot of it is about portion control too

      Scribble CloudScribble Cloud5 күн мурун
    • @Scribble Cloud I understand what you're saying, and appreciate the dialogue we are having. I'm positing that some of the change that needs to happen in peoples lives isn't controlled by them. A lot of this is systems level changes that need to happen. I'll give you a concrete example: SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) doesn't allow you to buy warm food. So if someone needed to buy dinner and only had a few minutes to buy it and eat it, they could spend 15 minutes at the food store buying a warm and pre-made healthy meal and use their SNAP benefits to purchase it. However, SNAP doesn't allow this. As a result they need to pay cash for that warm meal, but that healthy meal is too expensive to afford using cash, so instead they spend their 15 minutes and go to a fast food drive-thru to get a $6 meal, to save money. If we can make systems level changes, such as allowing SNAP benefits to be used on warm food, we can start moving towards healthier eating. If someone takes the stairs everyday, 6 flights to work or to get to their walk-up apartment, that's great! But if they're only able to afford fast food and unhealthy quick meals, then taking the stairs isn't enough of a change to push them in a healthier direction.

      Pace MarshallPace Marshall5 күн мурун
    • @Pace Marshall im just saying its a lot more simple and easy than youd think, sure not everything works perfectly, you gotta figure out what works for you, and if youre litterally unable to exercise then something in your life needs to change

      Scribble CloudScribble Cloud5 күн мурун
    • @Pace Marshall if they need something quick to eat litterally just eat a banana

      Scribble CloudScribble Cloud5 күн мурун
    • @Scribble Cloud That only works for some people, though. As a social worker, I formerly worked with a woman with T1D, she was a single mother working 2 jobs, and taking care of not only her 2 kids but her nieces and nephews as well. There was no money to buy a bike, and there was no "just jogging to work." Even taking the stairs instead of the elevator wasn't always feasible because she was often late for work because of public transit or not getting out of her first job on time etc. I'm not saying that advice like yours is bad. It works for a LOT of people. But when people doling out advice think of it in black and white terms like this, you're losing compassion for the people who are really struggling. "Skipping out on buying snacks" doesn't work when someone is working 18 hours a day and needs something quick to eat because they don't have access to a kitchen during the day to cook meals. Because I work a typical 9-5 job and have no kids and have reliable transportation, taking the stairs is a totally do-able adjustment I can make. It just wasn't a reliable adjustment my former client could make. Just remember, life unfortunately isn't black and white.

      Pace MarshallPace Marshall5 күн мурун
  • That person that commented you probably drank her/his 14th Mountain Dew

    Ivan TorresIvan Torres8 күн мурун
  • My mom is overweight because she drinks and have health issues

    NannoisNannoNannoisNanno8 күн мурун
  • Let’s be honest, the majority of people who are complaining are morbidly obese and are in denial of their health conditions, because they don’t want to face the cold truth of fitness and health.

    Allen HyunAllen Hyun8 күн мурун
  • You know you're allowed to tell people to get fucked just sometimes. You're way too nice mate. 😂

    Damien RoyDamien Roy8 күн мурун
  • I agree with everything you’ve said, but in the same breath I think we need to look at what the foods we are eating and movement we are making (or lack of) are doing to us before we look at weight, weightloss can be a side effect of changes instead of the main goal, our weight is due to a huge amount of factors, why can’t doctors say “you’re struggling with your asthma? If you get up and start exercising that will help” instead of it’s because of your weight so exercise more, I think the rephrasing will have a bigger impact than you think 🤔

    Tiffany PriceTiffany Price8 күн мурун
  • There IS fatohobia in medicine but people hurling around baseless accusations is not helping! The more you deviate from a healthy weight range, over or under, the more at risk you are for various illnesses. That's not a bias. That's pure science. We need to focus on what fatphobia actually is. A quick online search will show dozens of studies that show overweight patients often have treatments delayed due to doctors not initially taking concerns seriously and attributing every concern to their weight. If people want to actually tackle fathobia, THAT is a good place to start. smh

    Art with LaviArt with Lavi9 күн мурун
  • Fatphobic is a term used by people that are healthphobic

    Yosuke BosukeYosuke Bosuke9 күн мурун
  • fun fact : these people who write the post actually not even fat people.

    Wizzz GinWizzz Gin9 күн мурун
  • I've had one doctor that just really put down being overweight, and that's when I was lighter than I am now. She was an old crone and just seriously not patient focused. She didn't take into account any family history of addictive personalities, which is why I have trouble not overeating; I honestly didn't even feel like she really paid attention to me because I was 14. My next doctor after her is always very straight up about problems my weight could cause me, but she did it in kindness. She wouldn't look at me with disappointment, but more genuine concern and worry about what could happen to me because of my weight. After I started having knee issues at 18 (patellar tracking disorder), I really started to see how she was right. My family and friends just also pushed too hard for the weight loss, which made it hard for me to be motivated in any way to find a weight loss plan that I "liked". I needed to do it my way, so that I would actually adhere to it. I am now down 17 lbs and haven't had knee pain in about a year. Portion control is my biggest thing. I haven't had to cut out the foods I like, I just eat more reasonable portions. I take the stairs more and do dance tutorial videos, which is how I make exercising fun. I think that people who typically yell at others about fatshaming and fatphobia are those that were severely hurt because of their weight. It's hard for them to see any advice about weight loss as being done out of genuine concern and kindness. I was bullied too, pretty badly, for years because of my weight. It made me stronger now, but yeah, it was hard for a long time to hear anyone talk about my weight, even positive comments about my weight made me uncomfortable. Love the videos Doctor Mike, keep up the great work!

    Chloe RobbertChloe Robbert9 күн мурун
  • So apparently "watching what u eat" is fatphobic 😂😂😂 omg i can't i-

    its madjdaits madjda9 күн мурун
  • i'm a fat guy, but even I acknowledge that DR. MIKE IS RIGHT....

    CL ProCL Pro9 күн мурун
  • Being fat or thin isn't just about beauty. It's about HEALTH. And being obese is NOT healthy. Then obviously a DOCTOR will tell you to do something that will better your health which might include losing weight.

    Afeya AfrozAfeya Afroz9 күн мурун