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A Clueless Medical Professional

Jul 26, 2016
It is correct that a medical professional adresses weight issues with kids when it gets extreme because that is bad for long term health but the girl in the photos in the text doesn't look big at all.

If she was 40 pounds over normal weight for her age and height I can understand it but she doesn't look big at all. Wouldn't worry if a kid is 5-10 pounds over the norm.
Apr 26, 2015
That girl is far from overweight! My DD’s best friend was told by their soccer coach that he would not start her until she lost weight. She was not heavy either. He was a jerk and 6 girls from that team (including DD) gave up club soccer after a year of abuse from him. (Not sad she gave up club soccer, but sad about WHY)

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Apr 16, 2013
Overweight? You've got to be freaking kidding me!!! If I was the father I would have gone off on that nurse too!!! My daughter is about 5'8" and weighs about 155. However, she's at 20% bodyfat. For those that don't know, 15% is getting in the bodybuilder competition range. She's healthy, hell I'll say damn healthy. It's not too hard to look at a girl like that and see that weight is NOT an issue. Stupid people.
Feb 26, 2018
I hate how medical professionals are putting so much emphasis on weight now. They pay too much attention to the number on the scale, but it's almost as if they aren't taking into consideration that there are all kinds of body types. My 11yo son is 150 and plays lineman in football and D in lacrosse. Yeah he's "overweight" and has a belly, but he's athletic, solid as hell, and uses his size to his advantage. Of course we hear it from his Dr every time we go in.
Jun 7, 2016
Athletes can be seen as outside the norm when the only metric a practioner focuses on is BMI. Muscle is denser than adipose tissue, thus a muscular individual will have a higher BMI. A simple glance at this young lady would have shown the nurse that she is clearly not carrying excess or unhealthy body weight.
Aug 19, 2015
Atlanta, GA
I've had a few experiences like that with medical professionals. Nothing quite so rude and abrupt, but I promise you that that young girl will never forget that incident. It will be embedded in her brain and she will ruminate on it. Way to potentially spark an eating disorder, you stupid nurse. Even if the comment was warranted (which I see no evidence of based upon the pictures in the story), there is CERTAINLY a more tactful and sensitive way to handle the issue. I would be just as pissed off as this mom was!
Aug 23, 2016
At 5'3" and 120 lbs., DD is overweight according to BMI-for-age charts (she's 10). But one of the ways I know I love her doctor is that she tells her to ignore the charts because she is muscular and the charts are not accurate for her body type. (DD's build is very similar to this young lady.) I don't want to imagine the damage a doctor or nurse could do if they told DD she had to lose weight.
Nov 18, 2013
A agree with her on the poorly trained nurse. I don't see it as body shaming though. She's supposed to inquire about significant changes from the previous visit in case there's a medical issue. She clearly could have asked about in a better way and it should have been obvious it's puberty and a growth spurt. One if the mindless drones who goes by the letter of her training instead of using common sense.
Apr 20, 2015
My experience as a pediatrician is that athletic girls that register as overweight as teens have to be very careful when they stop playing sports or they will convert muscle mass to fatty adipose tissue and simply become overweight ex athletes. As a doctor it is my responsibility to warn patients and parents of this reality. It's not a fun or easy conversation and I certainly don't shame anyone but I do tell them that your body type is at risk for having a weight problem if you slow down your athletics and don't adjust your eating accordingly. Now before you jump all over me realize that I have thousands upon thousands of patients to base my conclusions on while you each have your couple of Dds or teams/students you have coached over the years. Estrogen is not a womans friend as girls go through puberty. Athletic boys have an advantage as testosterone will help convert to muscle mass while estrogen is all about adipose. Either way though extra weight still damages bones and joints eventually so it's an important conversation to have.

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