My Response To Fatphobia Claims

15. Srp 2020.
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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 had a doctor, who I was visiting for the first time for a checkup literally scream at me for being fat. Yelling that I'm going to die, and I need surgery, and I need to be on medicines for high cholestetol, diabetes, and high blood pressure....I have none of the conditions, although I am aware I am at risk for them. All of my GP's recommended being careful and try to reduce, but that meds were premature and drastic, but this doc, was so beligerant and angry, I legit thought he might hit me. I walked out. That guy is the fat phobic doctor that makes us leery of doctors.

    angeladelunaangeladelunaPrije 7 sati
  • I love how a Dominoes add played before this video.

    angeladelunaangeladelunaPrije 7 sati
  • Gastric bypass really helped my husband. He just didn't ever feel full. But the bypass helped him to get a handle on food. He lost over 100 pounds and has kept it off for three years.

    Teri SilsbyTeri SilsbyPrije 7 sati
  • As a current MPH student and soon to be RD, thank you thank you thank you. Bravo, doctor.

    Carolina HernandezCarolina HernandezPrije 9 sati
  • I don't think I know anyone who would have answered to that post more patiently than Dr. Mike. I think I would have lost it with this person.

    June Eva KJune Eva KPrije 21 sat
  • Great video Dr. Mike! Love my long thesis papers so bear with me lol. I agree with you that healthy weight = healthy weight (regardless if someone appears overweight or skinny). Being skinny does not necessarily indicate good health either! Fatphobia does permeate our society in a lot of ways though. One of my parents, a healthcare professional mind you, enjoys shaming fat people in private in her home whenever she saw them on TV without considering anything else. Even if someone appears slightly overweight by societal standards, my principle is so long as they are living healthy lives, eating balanced meals and exercising (whether through dancing, yoga, walking, running, etc.), I would not overemphasize their weight in a patient evaluation. I would bring it to their attention (safe is better than sorry), gently warn them but not hammer it over and over. However if the patient is obese, has significant fat deposition, esp. around the abdomen, then there is a risk of chronic disease development and a treatment plan needs to be provided. One cannot ignore this and this is not a fatphobic POV. As a future physician (in medical school currently 🙂), one also needs to consider the mental and psychological conditions of the patient as well. Is there something that happened recently or a while ago, some unaddressed trauma (job loss, divorce, social anxiety, sexual harassment, toxic relationship, depression, etc.) or event that may be contributing to the weight gain? Does this person live in a food desert? Without addressing root causes, the behaviors lending to unhealthy weight gain may resurface. Have some empathy for the fact that they may be using food as a coping mechanism to deal with some unaddressed trauma or concern in their lives. Food may be one of the few good things they feel they can control. Address and emphasize that trauma, while coupling it with treatment plans. I’ve been overweight before when I have been going through a difficult time in my own life. Support support support them and direct them to resources, affordable/free counseling services and support groups that can help address weight loss and the latent trauma/concerns in their lives lending to weight gain. Key to all of this is empathy! Yes maintaining healthy weight is important but as physicians we must have empathy and dig deeper than what’s at the surface. Of course I’m sure you do this already. Long comment but thanks for reading and thanks for this informative video! ❤️

    Roxxe MineffeRoxxe MineffePrije 22 sati
  • I do IF not only to drop a little weight but because I've read it increaes longevity and insulated against many diseases, including cancers. We are descended from people who had to go out and hunt and gather their food. They didnt eat 3 or 5 times a day. It's really unnecessary for the majority of folks to eat so much and so often. I've seen so many times commenters say things like... Even a sedentary woman needs 2000 calories a day to survive. Uh, no, no that's wrong.

    erin-elise 202erin-elise 202Prije dan
  • The fact that doctors have to remind people that being obese is unhealthy just goes to show that society is fucked.

    I'm going to jail for tax fraud send helpI'm going to jail for tax fraud send helpPrije dan
  • Dr. Mike thanks for making this video have a great day/night,, CNAPrije dan
  • “He’s done videos where he’s tried certain fat diets for 30 days but I’ve never watched them so I don’t know where he stands on Leto for instance”. Than why are you using this as part of your “evidence” or to back up your claim?... watch the video and then come back and say something negative about it.

    Your momYour momPrije dan
  • From Japanese eyes, American society is crazy so is Dr. Mike. Fat person must lack ability to control oneself(one could gain from medicine’s side effect), fat person can not get job, the whole “food trend” that change so quickly(take 🇯🇵和食🍱, Washoku certainly is healthy diet, but sushi🍣is just carb...fatning. No real washoku with proper Dashi, Savour sense of balance etc does NOT exist in States yet). Like if your teeth is not toilet chair shiny white, you must be from low class without education(we, Asians naturally have ivory teeth thank you). Taking part in that, of course this young self-called Doctor is guilty.Saying sugar is bad for many reasons is ok, saying being fat is bad just hurts ppl. Anyway I have zero respect to him after what he did with corona virus. I warned in comment section, he didn’t listen.Must have zero responsibility as influencer.

    aosanshouaosanshouPrije dan
    • Saying being fat is unhealthy is accurate it increases cholesterol (of course there are ways to be healthy and fat sumo wrestlers for example) but saying that it’s wrong is stupid and your going to get people killed from heart disease if they listen to you. So don’t spread lies like that you will get people killed.

      William ChudeckeWilliam ChudeckePrije dan
  • I'm body positive but that person criticising dr mike seems like she's doesn't get that being truly obese is a life risk or seems like she's not truly understanding of actual facts , But I feel like there's a culture war on those who are slightly overweight And those in fitness and doctors who treat obesity I think there needs to be a comming together with both sides positive discussion coz our media and entertainment industry gives unrealistic expectations of what's attractive

    Drayden_the_sageDrayden_the_sagePrije dan
  • It's so generous of you sparing your time on this channel to engage with public because I know how hectic you're. Very patient, informative, and open minded too. Thanks Doc!

    Cerita Fanda VancouverCerita Fanda VancouverPrije 2 dana
  • I don’t understand how someone can make this comment. I think what Dr Mike brings up is all correct and helpful. I have been struggling with weight loss and his channel helps me stay motivated and helps me think of things to try. Dr Mike also works hard to keep us happy and healthy while being a doctor !!! Really don’t see him as being fat phobic at all. Dr Mike thank you and please keep doing what you do.

    Alastair PullanAlastair PullanPrije 2 dana
  • I am morbidly obese, 67 yrs old. I have fought my weight all my life. As a young woman it was easier until I had a child, I Ballooned from a voluptuous 150 lbs to 350lbs. At 50 I had the gastric ring installed .. it worked for a brief time then repeatedly opened up after just a few weeks, the expense of having it tightened .. travellling to Tahiti (i live on a small out lying island) was too costly for my large family. With no back up support my weight has hung just of the 200 lbs mark for 5' ... my legs & back are gone I live on morphine. it is not fatphobia for a Doctor to tell his/her patient they need to lose weight .. it's good medicine . What is wrong is if they don't or can't offer support such as here in French Polynesia. Playing the fatphobia card is a cop out ... Using it as an excuse to not lose weight in place of fighting the good fight for your health. if I could trade all this weight to be painfree for 1 day I would do it in an instant.

    Rain WarhorseRain WarhorsePrije 2 dana
  • Not the person implying that a DOCTOR suggesting healthy eating is fatphobic i-

    Gira SolaGira SolaPrije 2 dana
  • Being overweigh is unhealthy, if u eat right and do exercise the extra weigh will still crush ur arteries heart and lungs That being said people shouldn’t judge or discriminate fat people, their health is something thats between them and themselves only, unless you are a loved one or a friend u should just mind ur business

    Gira SolaGira SolaPrije 2 dana
  • Imagine Doc Mike making a ten-minute video just to say Obesity is unhealthy. Wasting time for people that don't have common sense. C'mon Doc Mike, stop spending time to senseless people.

    10011001Prije 2 dana
  • How you gonna hate someone because of their views, but you’ve never watched them? Hate him after watching his videos and listening to what he stands for...?

    Kaitlyn TKaitlyn TPrije 2 dana
  • Ah yes, people who try to normalize obesity and think that it's natural and healthy. Lovely.

    SVENYSVENYPrije 2 dana
  • i feel like fatphobia is all of the things you said, but not coming from you, instead coming from someone who's not educated on nutrition. i found that a lot of people tend to 'worry' of someone's weight and they're not even a physician. so i know that what you are saying is not fatphobic because you care for your pacients in a healthy way BUT i want to point out that a lot of doctors pretend that having any decease is caused by being fat so the only solution that they find to that problem is losing weight (but probably there are other conditions that can cause the decease and not only the extra weight y'know what i mean)

    Melina SaldañaMelina SaldañaPrije 3 dana
    • i mean, i've been told that my asthma is caused by my extra weight, but i've seen thin people with asthma. also, asthma is a fucking allergy

      Melina SaldañaMelina SaldañaPrije 3 dana
  • What... what’s wrong with intermittent fasting?

    snairsnairPrije 3 dana
  • He talks about general health. He’s not being fatphobic, he’s being objective about people’s health. Fatphobic would be making fat shaming (like he mentioned.) This is an example of people being overly offended by every small thing, even at an objective fact.

    Parker InfanteParker InfantePrije 3 dana
  • has another comment as said in a different video there is a difference between "It's ok fat" and "It's ok that fat". One promotes an unhealthy lifestyle, while the other recognizes that you're still a human and it's ok that you've let yourself slip, but there's always room to change."

    Sasha SilvaSasha SilvaPrije 3 dana
  • 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 BellPrije 3 dana
  • 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 AzoiteiPrije 3 dana
  • These people probably arent doctors

    Daniel ArenivasDaniel ArenivasPrije 3 dana
  • 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 CPrije 3 dana
  • Not praising someone for being overweight isn’t someone being fat phobic it’s just common sense

    David 1298David 1298Prije 4 dana
  • 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???

    acutelychronicacutelychronicPrije 4 dana
  • 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 LilyPrije 4 dana
  • As an obese woman. A doctor literally talking about health and weight relations to health is not fatphobic it’s medicine.

    FreeInsults -_-FreeInsults -_-Prije 4 dana
  • 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

    ThatoneDudeThatoneDudePrije 4 dana

    Elizabeth DawsonElizabeth DawsonPrije 4 dana
  • Doctor: Cancer can kill you. Idiots: You are cancerphobic...........and deathphobic.

    Henry SeywardHenry SeywardPrije 4 dana
  • 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 HillsPrije 5 dana
  • 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 BlassPrije 5 dana
  • 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 ZONEPrije 5 dana
  • Absolutely brilliant

    Cyle MortonCyle MortonPrije 5 dana
  • This video is amazing

    Emily LynchEmily LynchPrije 5 dana
  • 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.

    HarryBoBarryHarryBoBarryPrije 5 dana
  • 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 MinPrije 5 dana
  • These people are like the left’s equivalent of climate change deniers.

    Jason JungreisJason JungreisPrije 5 dana
  • 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 chhangsrengPrije 6 dana
  • Sounds like that writer is being pretty defensive and taking it personally.

    SG FSG FPrije 6 dana
  • 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 MyrkviPrije 6 dana
  • 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.

    octet33octet33Prije 6 dana
    • This is so true!

      Roxxe MineffeRoxxe MineffePrije 22 sati
  • Dr. Mike gets his ideas from medical research, science and facts. SJW's get their ideas from narratives and baseless ideologies.

    Esteban RinconEsteban RinconPrije 6 dana
  • 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 HazeltonPrije 6 dana
  • 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 starPrije 6 dana
  • Hahaha fasting is very good for your body. If your healthy

    Fallen FlamingoFallen FlamingoPrije 6 dana
  • 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 SilvaPrije 7 dana
  • 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 BunbunPrije 7 dana
    • 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 BunbunPrije 7 dana
    • Doctor Mike****

      Lalabunny BunbunLalabunny BunbunPrije 7 dana
    • 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 BunbunPrije 7 dana
  • I work in bariatrics. I greatly appreciate this post. Well done debunking and addressing these comments.

    Annie CopeAnnie CopePrije 7 dana
  • 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.

    Poodingcupx3Poodingcupx3Prije 7 dana
  • 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 JPrije 7 dana
  • 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.

    stubsstubsPrije 7 dana
  • 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.

    Laundrey1Laundrey1Prije 7 dana
  • 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 CuberoPrije 7 dana
  • Also guys, you can exoerience Erectile dysfunction if you're overweight.

    Ozaru's PersonaOzaru's PersonaPrije 7 dana
  • 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.Prije 7 dana
  • 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 PersonaPrije 7 dana
  • I’ve never heard of this guy, but he sounds like a jerk trying to save his reputation.

    Jose ValenzuelaJose ValenzuelaPrije 8 dana
    • no

      BNA YTBNA YTPrije 6 dana
  • 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 BradfordPrije 8 dana
  • "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 soulPrije 8 dana
  • 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_Prije 8 dana
  • 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 PetersenPrije 8 dana
  • 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 2197Prije 8 dana
  • 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 MyagmarsaikhanPrije 8 dana
  • if there exist "a fat-phobic" term then can "health-phobic" term exist as well?

    z zz zPrije 8 dana
  • Imagine telling an actual DOCTOR that you know more than him from your google searches

    Human PersonHuman PersonPrije 8 dana
  • im 5 feet tall and 92 pounds i dont think my body could handle fasting. am i right?

    joan baczekjoan baczekPrije 8 dana
    • of course it can, just like it can take double or triple weight😁

      z zz zPrije 8 dana
  • 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 MorinPrije 8 dana
  • 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 BishopPrije 8 dana
  • 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 ReichertPrije 8 dana
  • Being overweight or obese isn't healthy, he is a doctor. Its not hate, its the truth.

    Emmer WillieEmmer WilliePrije 8 dana
    • Tell that to those saying people should have "body positivity" and just let their weight overrun the scale.

      z zz zPrije 8 dana
  • this is what happens when you listen to reddit

    Necro DavidNecro DavidPrije 8 dana
  • 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.

    Fif0lFif0lPrije 8 dana
  • 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 TaljaardPrije 8 dana
  • That doctor is a smart man.

    CryptobrefCryptobrefPrije 8 dana
  • If this is fat-phobic, then fat people are celery- and cucumber-phobic

    TheSuperappelflapTheSuperappelflapPrije 8 dana
  • 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-jiitPrije 9 dana
  • 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

    aslowsnailaslowsnailPrije 9 dana
  • Bruh he's just diagnosing obesity, a disease... how is that fat phobia????

    Sam HaineSam HainePrije 9 dana
  • 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!

    EmmaEmmaPrije 9 dana
    • I agree with your points! Excellent commentary. Thank you.

      Roxxe MineffeRoxxe MineffePrije 22 sati
    • @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.

      EmmaEmmaPrije 7 dana
    • @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 zPrije 7 dana
    • @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.

      EmmaEmmaPrije 7 dana
    • 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 zPrije 8 dana
  • 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 RectorPrije 9 dana
  • 😘😘😘🤗

    rina gketirina gketiPrije 9 dana
  • I think they are ignoring the fact that he’s trying to help not trying to bully them.

    Blender BoosterBlender BoosterPrije 9 dana
  • 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 fPrije 9 dana
  • 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 MurphyPrije 9 dana
  • Fat people will do anything but lose weight.

    I am not interested in your videoI am not interested in your videoPrije 9 dana
  • The sad part is the people who made these comments will most likely not watch this video

    ShroudysquidShroudysquidPrije 9 dana
  • As a dude who is also fat, it isn't healthy and it really shouldn't be encouraged.

    Chute MiChute MiPrije 9 dana
  • 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 BleachPrije 9 dana
  • The only incentive for "rogue marketing" is capitalism.

    Véronique PouillonVéronique PouillonPrije 9 dana
  • 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 bjerregaardPrije 9 dana
  • 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 HudsonPrije 9 dana
  • 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 WangPrije 10 dana
  • Mike: "Its not capitalism, its rogue evil marketing." Me: "Soooo, Capitalism."

    Comrade ANThonyComrade ANThonyPrije 10 dana
    • You are conflating advertising with an economic model. Not the same thing.

      Jay AJay APrije 9 dana
  • Intermittent fasting is the best thing for you and if hes a keto fan that works even better

    donnasparrow4donnasparrow4Prije 10 dana