Managing morbid obesity isn’t like dusting crops, boy.

One wrong calculation and you can fly right into a galactic #butthurt storm, as Doc Vader seems destined to do here. But until we accept that severe obesity has multiple etiologies, INCLUDING choices such as diet and exercise, we’ll be frozen in politically correct carbonite forever.

Food deserts and economic realities make healthy eating and exercise a massive challenge for many of our patients. Endocrine disorders and genetics can and do contribute. Bariatric surgery may be the only option for some. And a history of emotional or physical trauma can set the stage for severe adult obesity. But none of these preclude the need for real talk with our patients and ourselves, and real talk doesn’t have to mean “fat shaming.”

Share this video so we can have a discussion, and leave your take in the comments below! Me? I’m hitting those Galactic Cheetos®!




4 Responses to “Doc Vader on “Hutt Shaming””

  1. Marnie Means Woodson

    This is so true. If patients just took a little more responsibility…If we all just ate a little better (I’m no better and i had bypass surgery) if we just moved a little bit more we could solve a huge junk of the health care problems that our democrats and republicans are struggling with now! Plus its just damn funny!

  2. Epador

    C’mon dude, you KNOW it’s all a matter of testosterone, estrogen, the right dose of Armour Thyroid, good fats, bad carbs, bad fats, good carbs, more protein, avoiding protein antigens and it’s all Bush’s/Trump’s fault. I hardly eat anything, maybe 800 calories a day. [spouse sitting behind them rolling eyeballs or shaking head negatively]

  3. DeAnn Marie Mullins

    Mad respect for taking this on! As a pharmacist & CDE I see soul crushing, preventable complications impacting a lot of awesome humans…we need effective solutions to implementing the concept of food as medicine & prevention (& fewer meds)…I love, adore & respect all of my patients/students…weight control is hard, for lots of reasons, for all of us. This video + your attached comments = brilliant convo starter. #realtalk #brave #Health3.0 PS-I just viewed your NCPA promo vid…🖤it.

  4. Fawnzie Relli

    As an NP who had VSG two years ago- after many, many years of trying and failing, I appreciate that candid conversations are needed and psychosocial issues are at hand. However, for many people- surgery is literally a lifesaver. But it’s not to be taken lightly,- the surgeon changed the stomach but the patient must change the mind. and it took a lot for me to feel comfortable about sharing with some because of the shame that is placed on having a surgery … that added years onto my life. Once you ER to a certain size, the chances of losing it and keeping it off without surgery are slim. I deserved better chances than slim to none. The only thing I regret is not doing it sooner.