Reading it now, it's obvious I wrote it way too late at night with a desperate need for sleep (as I'm doing tonight, too), but the message is there. It was not meant in an ugly way. I was very serious and sincere. Why are we held to one standard and doctors to another? Research and documentation are mandated in science.
Dr. Rob, I believe you wimped out on your response here. If I made blanket statements you would expect me to back them up with research. You did not. "Much of obesity is caused by over-eating and inactivity." Documentation, please. How do you REALLY know that?
Secondly, you talk like it's either one extreme or the other. It's either a self-inflicted problem OR a metabolic illness. That leaves a lot of gray area uncovered. Why do some people get physically ill when overeating? Why do others stay slim even when eating junk and not exercising? You have observed both of those phenomena, also, I'm sure.
This is about lives, not moral high grounds. Obesity is an illness. No one bothered to respond back to my RESEARCHED and DOCUMENTED comments in response to "Shame". Nor did anyone else bother to cite documented research. Why? Because no one bothered to read the research or didn't want to be bothered/take the time. Did you?
When the medical profession really gets rid of the mindset that most obesity is self-caused will it treat patients adequately.
With warm regards and respect,
As of this posting, my comment still has not been approved for public viewing. I did have problems getting a window to show for the comment section, and difficulty getting a submit button to show, but I managed to tab until I did. Perhaps it really didn't get saved anywhere, but it seemed to be working ok. I also could find no other place to respond.
I realize this wasn't a scientific journal or even a medical article. It was about observations in life. But if I made observations like that, I don't think I'd get by with them. And the fact it was posted in the MedPage Today blog instead of on the blog where the thread originated implied to me a more serious tone. I'm not seeing that in the response.
I don't want to make a mountain out of a molehill, but I do want to bring Moses to the mountain...uh, molehill.
See, I'm not paranoid. BTW, my internet connection went down for two hours today and I know "THEY" did it!! ;)