My Response To Fatphobia Claims

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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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  • Video so nice I watched it twice

    Kat FlanaganKat FlanaganTunti sitten
  • Question, have you done any videos about what a nutritionist recommends? Essentially, baseline being working to find a STANDARD "diet" NOT "losing weight diet", which you are comfortable with, provides the nutrition you need, but keeps you level at your normal amount of activity. No weight gain but no weight loss. Get used to it, and after a couple months of zero weight change, just increase your physical activity to burn weight. This way, when you get down to your target weight, you can gradually (that's important there) stop the extra exercise without changing your diet and not gain it all back. After all, you found something you were happy with for months, and you burned off the fat not with reducing calories, but burning them instead. No adjustments or binging back worse, etc.

    J.Riley Independent ProductionsJ.Riley Independent Productions3 tuntia sitten
  • I get your point aboit talking about weight when people come for a checkup or preventtive care. But when fat patients say " medicine is fatphobic" we usually mean that no matter the complaint the solution many healthcare practitioner prescribe is weight loss. Or the doctors do not investigate the cause of your complaints because the assume its your weight. We talk aboutthis: Yes th cartoon is extreme - but its also reallity for how many fat patients get treated by doktors. Like - Yes lets have a discussion about my weight. But treat the issues as well.

    SilverwolfgrSilverwolfgr6 tuntia sitten
  • Any dr who doesn't gently encourage overweight patients to lose weight isn't doing their job. I say that as a fat guy who is disabled and bedridden. So I struggle with loosing weight.

    Jerry EubanksJerry Eubanks12 tuntia sitten
  • Are you kidding me? Nobody tells me to watch what I eat. I only eat Mcdonalds and I'm perfectly healthy. Calling this guy's boss right now to get him fired.

    giggidymeistergiggidymeister14 tuntia sitten

    KrakeN HeaDKrakeN HeaD16 tuntia sitten
  • Dr. Mike, I agree with you 100%. What you said was facts and it was said to educate others. I hate when people get so offended or 'triggered' when you're literally speaking facts. The truth might hurt but not everyone is going to lie to them nor sugarcoat it. Keep doing what you're doing Dr. 💛

    Nurse DaniNurse Dani21 tunti sitten
  • I had go on a diet to improve my blood pressure. It worked. But I got lazy and started my bad habits and my blood pressure went up. When I stuck to the diet it worked. When i didn't it didnt work. Diets are all about discipline. 10% of those people who dieting doesn't work for have actual problems that prevent weightloss. The rest just are unable to stick to the diet for financial or disciplinary reasons. I would probably be dead right now if didnt control my diet. So it pains me to see people act as if putting better things into your body doesnt work. When it does most of the time. If you stick with the good habits, it works.

    TheBomberTheBomberPäivä sitten
  • It sounds like that person is just in/was in denial about the fact they were possibly overweight. If my doctor told me, “Hey. You’re BMI is too high. For your health you should consider losing weight,” I’d be like okay. BECAUSE IT’S DOCTORS JOBS TO HELP YOU DIE SLOWER.

    Avery RothAvery RothPäivä sitten
  • The amount of soft people that get hurt when they get told the truth just angers me 😂. This guys is a whole doctor that went through so much school. HES TRYING TO SAVE YOU

    Erik MundoErik MundoPäivä sitten
  • From a big obese 👧 you have never offended me. I can actually say you motivate me. I think as a big woman i know my weight affects me. I appreciate my doctor honesty and his job is to state facts. Not worry about my feelings. Sounds like these ppl complaining have some internal issues going on. Blaming other or capitalism lol for choices they have made. I get genetics but its more about being discipline and have self control when it comes to being obese. Take it from a 350lbs to 280 and still on my journey to a better healthier me. Much love Doctor Mike and 🐻.

    Lily HernandezLily HernandezPäivä sitten
  • The people that say that stuff are in denial about their weight and don’t want to face the real problems of being overweight not all people that are overweight will have health problems but they are at higher risk a certain amount of fat is not a sign of health having just the right amount is good for you but having to much just like everything else in life is not good for you and can effect your health it’s not about not liking people that are overweight it’s about the fact that it is not healthy to be overweight and what are doctors here for? Our health so of course they are going to say something about your weight whether your overweight or underweight overweight people are not the only people doctors talk to about their weight remember that they care about our health and if that hurts your feelings there is a problem

    Lizzy HullLizzy HullPäivä sitten
  • As someone who went from 231lbs to 182, I can say that life is completely different when you're healthy. I mean, you can do everything. Exercising doesn't hurt anymore, you can have fun while doing energy draining things, your self esteem gets a huge boost. It's so amazing.

    Vinnicius ThiagoVinnicius ThiagoPäivä sitten
  • Wait I cannot believe this was published when we were already in quarantine

    Haley rose WHaley rose WPäivä sitten
  • Losing fat isn't about looks, it's about your organs! People cannot get offended to a good advice. If someone is fatshaming someone else for looks , you can call them out but if someone says 'lose weight for health' and you call them out? Then you are the problem.

    ali ashfaqueali ashfaque2 päivää sitten
  • All the overweight/obese people I've known have always worked very hard on their weight. Whether it was taking supplements, having a healthy diet, regular exercises, etc. I think that the fat phobic arguements come from these people who are doing all these things while we're just sitting here, eating our big mac's with little to no exercise telling them that their just lazy, uncontrollable eating machines. Just realize how lucky you are to either have been fortunate enough to hit the genetic lottery or how you were able to get educated early enough in your life to prevent yourself from becoming obese in the first place.

    Oz the MeekOz the Meek2 päivää sitten
  • being fat means you are less healthy

    IGame4FUN :DIGame4FUN :D2 päivää sitten
  • I actually don't understand why these people think that way, like, being fat or obese it's super unhealthy, and the fact that a doctor is telling you this it's no because he is fatphobic, it's because he wants you to be healthy.

    Diego Navarro RivadeneyraDiego Navarro Rivadeneyra2 päivää sitten
  • I think the movement went overboard. It used to be about how fat people were treated less in society and how doctors sometimes wouldn't take fat patients serious, prescribing a diet for what later turned out to be an unrelated disease. It never used to be about IF being obese was healthy, because it is not. I can honestly say, having lost 20 kg, that I am healthier than I was when I was overweight.

    ViellaViella2 päivää sitten
  • Can people stop being idiots? By the definition, using root words "Fatphobia" is being SCARED of fat. And either way, nothing he said even remotely means he would be fat phobic, by their defenition. Even as they put it. Stop trying to make something out of nothing.

    TinyotuTinyotu2 päivää sitten
  • being overweight/underweight is maybe okay, every one is built differently but obesity is a real problem as it really affects the health and it needs to be talked about. of course, the approach of the doctor should be taken in consideration as well, mostly if the weight problems are connected to mental health :/

    ᴍʏᴀᴍʏᴀ2 päivää sitten
  • Some tactics in the medical field that are aimed at leading people to healthier lives can ironically do the opposite. Especially with the lack of support available. All I know is that for my physical and mental health I need to avoid any dieting behaviours. Which is very difficult with the amount of people performing self-flagellating diet behaviours as a part of communication (like "I need to work this off later"; "I'm being naughty today"; "I can't/shouldn't eat that"; and anything that amounts to eating or not eating something for the sake of fear of fat opposed to seeking a long and disease free life). I need to solely focus on healthful behaviours such as choosing exercise that I enjoy and fruits, vegetables etc that I enjoy. Otherwise I'll find myself mentally ill: compulsively exercising, eating large amounts of low calorie foods that I detest (causing GI issues), cutting out food groups and reducing my chances of a nutritious diet, taking laxatives, making myself go hungry then not being able to deny a basic bodily function (the scarcity and glut pattern led to GERD), believing that I don't deserve food, as well as measuring every single thing I eat. And let me tell you, doing these things in the name of health led to anything but. I recently saw a photo of myself when I was 16 and fully in the throes of atypical anorexia nervosa... My face was pale and gaunt compared to the 15 and 17 year photos. And the ironic part? I fluctuated around a difference of only 5kg. My resolution to focus on healthful behaviours comes from years of treatment by medical professionals - doctors, psychologists, and dietitians. It's deceptively simple, but try telling that to 16 year old me who was being shamed for fulfilling basic needs.

    VessecoraVessecora2 päivää sitten
  • Just as Doctor Mike states that BMI cannot be used as a sole indicator of health, using someone's size as a sole indicator of health and then allowing that to frame how one interacts with the person is a problem in both social and clinical settings.

    VessecoraVessecora2 päivää sitten
  • Honesty is overrated apparently nowadays.

    Brooklyn CesaroneBrooklyn Cesarone2 päivää sitten
  • There is a huge difference between people assuming another person's health and valuing them less for their weight and someone saying that being overweight is unhealthy. I might not be healthy or very good at staying healthy all the time, but I do try my best and I know people WAY LESS healthy than me who are naturally skinnier. Body positivity should be about not judging people and not commenting on someone's health when they're just living their life, not about claiming that being overweight isn't unhealthy.

    Josephine ClarkeJosephine Clarke2 päivää sitten
  • Dr. Mike, thank you for saying that the BMI chart is flawed. I am 6'1" and weigh about 240. Everybody even doctors I've seen say that im obese but im not. I am overweight, but i have a barrel chest ani im just built bigger. I know i need to lose weight, but i am not obese. When people look at me they say i don't look like i weigh 240.

    Michael DanielsMichael Daniels3 päivää sitten
  • You can be fat and healthy, but being fat isn’t healthy. I’m fat myself, and it’s due to medical conditions and medications that causes weight gain, slows down my metabolism and makes me pretty much unable to exercise. When it comes to obesity related complications I have none, but it doesn’t mean they won’t come in the future. I have been to doctors who WERE actually fatphobic, that judged me and told me I was a lying when I said I didn’t overeat and simply couldn’t exercise at that time, I have done food diaries in the past and they thought I lied in those too. I have also met doctors who actually understood my conditions and medications and weren’t condescending, but supportive and tried to find different solutions that could work for me and my situation. While I agree on some points with the post because I have also never gone to a doctor who didn’t mention my weight, it does get tiring and depressing to go in for something completely else and being called out like that, but they don’t always know your whole history or are unaware of your medications and what not. They want what’s best for you and their only job is to try to improve your life in any way they can. There are definitely bad ways to bring up weight loss and I have seen doctors who were insensitive about it, but Dr. Mike doesn’t come across like that to me at all. It’s a fact that being overweight puts you at higher risks of certain things, as does being underweight, stressed, smoking, taking certain meds, medical history, the health of your family etc.

    Eucis93Eucis933 päivää sitten
  • Trying to bully doctors to ignore health issues is ridiculous. Obesity is the number 1 health problem in America. Even during this pandemic, being overweight and unhealthy increases your risk of death when infected with COVID. To ignore that would be irresponsible. To be clear intermittent fasting is only saying you shouldn't eat late night snacks . . .it's nothing new . .it's basically balancing your sugars to lose weight and feel better. Extreme dumb people used this info and dangerously said people should fast for a week or even a month. THAT is dangerous and NOT healthy. People end up losing muscle and gain back massive water weight and store fat because they are starving. That's different than not eating after 6:30pm.

    JDMimeJDMime3 päivää sitten
  • I dislike these snowflakes these days that are offended by the cold, hard, truth. Being fat is not healthy and trying to lose weight and using whatever tools necessary to do so should be important. People make me absolutely sick these days, you're not allowed to critique anything in fear of hurting someone's little feelings.

    OxalisOxalis3 päivää sitten
  • Being in the healthcare profession, I certainly am with doctor Mike. It is our obligation and duty to help our patients by identifying risks and factors that can or may cause disease, or morbidity. And studies, time and again, have shown that being obese puts so much strain in your body organs as a whole that it becomes a huge factor on cases like cancer, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure among many! Taking obesity in a manner that improves patients' lives is not being fatphobic, and that's what Dr Mike is doing, helping and advocating for his patients to choose a healthier life.

    Santiago Gio SevillaSantiago Gio Sevilla3 päivää sitten
  • The fact you are calling being overweight unhealthy is what makes you fat phobic. As a fat person, everything you say is true and I support it. I need to lose weight and I wish I had you as my doctor because I know you would do everything to help me. You aren't fatphobic you just accept that exercising and eating healthy is... Well.. good for you

    Chicken PermissionChicken Permission3 päivää sitten
  • A simple but sad fact: people can't handle the truth when it doesn't support their own twisted views.

    Ellie SwanEllie Swan3 päivää sitten
  • Dr Mike's shirt buttons be holding on for dear life ⊙.☉

    Ellie SwanEllie Swan3 päivää sitten
  • Please take a look at Dr. Joshua Wolrich and how he approaches fighting weight stigma and #nutribollocks. It's not about fat shaming, but about being inclusive in the language you use. Just because someone looks over weight, it doesn't necessarily equate to them being unhealthy. And the norm should not be to have the assumption that any health concerns are only present because the person is overweight.

    geegeelyngeegeelyn3 päivää sitten
  • Last time I noticed he was a DOCTOR

    Praxo RockPraxo Rock3 päivää sitten
  • So if you say for an underweight person that their weight is not enough and is unhealthy will you be skinnyphobic

    Rowdy44Rowdy443 päivää sitten
  • People saying you are fat phobic is ridiculous and has more to do with those posters knowing they are unhealthy and not wanting to confront that fact.

    JuxtaposedjokerJuxtaposedjoker4 päivää sitten
  • Being fatphobic And being Concerned are totaly different things..

    Comfort CoolComfort Cool4 päivää sitten
  • If you think your weight doesn’t impact anyone else, you are sorely mistaken! Because when you die, funeral expenses are wayyyyy more expensive for someone who is morbidly obese. It takes more fuel to cremate a bigger body, more fluid to embalm a bigger body, bigger caskets to fit a bigger body, and more people to carry a heavier casket, stretcher, etc. That means you are burdening your loved ones with increased expenses after you die, in addition to the grief of losing you! Everyone should be concerned with making healthy choices for themselves. You only get one life and one body, which means you should do everything you can to live as long as you can and be as healthy as you can be!

    RewindMeRewindMe4 päivää sitten
  • Dr.Mike I dont know you personally like many peoples who comented on your comment section or haven't heard about until a month ago my frnd from my neighborhood talked to me about your healthcare videos becoz I was having a serious increase in my tummy fat and watched through all your videos and helped me a lot to loss some of that excess fat there healthy diet is essential for once life coz we got only one life y waste it looking like a fatty ogre right?? My view point here is maintaining once shape is essential coz if not your only stuck in online games and set in a chair y be a frog of a well rather than being the beast of the jungle. I don't see the point of the statements there should we not call someone fat if he/she is fatty asf lmao anyways being fatphobic isn't bad in long term it will benefit us who wants a shorter life I mean if the person is suicidal than he/she will though but take care ofyourself every viewers watching this we got one life dont you wanna be handsome and at the same time become talented like him I appreciate your works sir haters will hate ignore them look forward in watching more of your contents sire❤️

    Lobsang TenzinLobsang Tenzin4 päivää sitten
  • Keep up your good work, I lost 130 + lbs doing intermittent fasting and Keto, so I agree with what you say, just keep going, love from Malaysia 😊😊

    Zillion GohZillion Goh4 päivää sitten
  • Honestly I am convinced the person who commented that is one of those Fat activists who believes “healthy at all sizes”

    ErenTheBombJaegerErenTheBombJaeger4 päivää sitten
  • The dangers of body positivity. Some ppl become lenient towards people who are seriously endangering their health. An obese person should lose weight not to become beautiful but to become healthier

    mary austinmary austin4 päivää sitten
  • I’m a dietitian. What people are considering to be fatphobia these days is absolutely ridiculous. We live in a time where no one can have an opinion even when it is based on science. You do you, Dr. Mike.

    Estefania LujanEstefania Lujan4 päivää sitten
  • Dr. Mike, thank you for being on youtube to elaborate these to us about health and medicine 😊 I pray for your health so that you can continue to be here ☺️

    allyssa alviolaallyssa alviola4 päivää sitten
  • You’re right but you completely neglected to talk about how fat phobia in the medical field DOES kill. Fat people die preventable deaths from doctors refusing to diagnose or treat fat patients due to not believing that there’s a problem unrelated to their weight. Same thing happens to women, especially fat women and women of color. I understand everything you say but you should absolutely look into and acknowledge this.

    Gab JGab J4 päivää sitten
    • The comment he was replying to never talked about that, if you want him to talk about it, email him ig

      12 A Manas Pradhan12 A Manas Pradhan3 päivää sitten
  • Hey doc... love the vids but i will literally... Pay you, yes YOU!!! To fix your eyebrows! Honestly I have barbers in my family and living my whole life being groomed is kinda a burden... and seeing someone without trimmed eyebrows... or a slightly out of place hairline... kinda like yours... just looking out for ya fam everyone has their own style and i understand that, its just a recomendation👍

    Pizza TurtlePizza Turtle4 päivää sitten
    • But such is life when people always mis understand everything everyone says all the time online... heck i might even be mis understanding what you are saying fam but life goes on... we live, we love, we learn... good chap?

      Pizza TurtlePizza Turtle3 päivää sitten
    • Naw mate no one said anything about perfect we all have our flaws, while i see what you are putting across, however i stated everyone has their own style and i just wanted to ask if he wanted me to fix em up for free

      Pizza TurtlePizza Turtle3 päivää sitten
    • I do not like you promoting ideas of 'good hairline' or 'good eyebrows', it's somewhat ironic that I am saying this in a video talking about the issues with body positivity, but please avoid promoting ideas of 'perfect beauty'. It's superficial and unnecessary.

      12 A Manas Pradhan12 A Manas Pradhan3 päivää sitten
  • Fasting works really well for me I do 24 hours once every 2 weeks and only drink water.

    ann Belleann Belle5 päivää sitten
  • These people, leaving these comments seem to be obese themselves. Nothing wrong with that really but the fact that they get hurt is because they can't face the truth, and that is indeed that you need to bring up the confidence and discipline to lose weight and eat healthy. I see this all the time with overweight people, they blame hundreds of things for their weight but they never mention their own died. No doctor is fatphobic, at least most of them aren't. The only thing is they will tell you the truth and not lie to you like you do yourself or how your friends and family do.

    noah geerdinknoah geerdink5 päivää sitten
  • Dr Mike is the best! I wish he could’ve talked about general fat phobia in the medical industry because it does exist and I know people who have been really hurt by it.

    Grace MacIntyreGrace MacIntyre5 päivää sitten
  • Fatt phobic? Never in my life was i afraid of a fat person . For my self ? Yep . For my own health yes i am fatphobic , i don't want to be fat for my mental and fisical health. Just call it " lazy giving blame to the other person syndrome" all who are overweight want to lose it somehow it's just hard to fight a adiction i know, eating and over eating it's horribe and you just can't stop . This is the hard part the mental part of it . If you start don't listen to all these gurus out there just follow this docters advice and eat less . Less in more out simple but so dificult i know . Fight this mental " i am healthy at any weight religion" start doing the good thing for yourself . If you don't , well i and everybody else needs to pay more tax and medic insurance bills . So have a hart and give to the healty people " we need you to get on the tread mill".

    Anthony DelfosAnthony Delfos5 päivää sitten
  • Fat people cause premature death. Cost the heath care system billions , and the list goes on . Being fat is not healthy. If you are fat you will die young.

    Audiogeeks Vintage SalesAudiogeeks Vintage Sales5 päivää sitten
  • Medicine is still fatphobic, in other news... water is wet

    K SK S5 päivää sitten
    • in other news, medicine is also cancerphobic. Their job is to ensure people remain healthy. If someone's obesity is coming in the way, of course they are going to suggest losing weight.

      12 A Manas Pradhan12 A Manas Pradhan3 päivää sitten
    • Advising overweight people to lose weight in the interests of their health is fatphobia?

      A. K.A. K.5 päivää sitten
  • I don't think he is fat phobic.him personally. But I will say when you have a little bit of extra fat on your body and not the flat stomach some doctors look at you funny and don't take you seriously. It's just how it is

    pre Usipre Usi5 päivää sitten
  • The 95% statistic is fake. It comes from a study from 1959 with extremely poor methodology. It simply is not true that 95% of people who try to lose weight fail. However, even if it were true, that doesn't mean it's bad to try and lose weight. You could be in the 5% and successfully lose weight and be healthier! If 95% of alcoholics failed to stop being alcoholics the first time they tried to quit, we wouldn't tell them to give up and just accept being alcoholics for the rest of their lives - we'd tell them to try again.

    Jon IJon I5 päivää sitten
  • It's true that there are medical conditions that increase the likelihood of being overweight, but fat activists wildly overstate how many extra pounds these conditions cause. Hypothyroidism is estimated to cause 5-10 pounds of extra weight. If you are 140 pounds overweight and morbidly obese that is not caused by hypothyroidism. It's caused by bad diet and lack of activity.

    Jon IJon I5 päivää sitten
  • Oh for God sake! I used to weigh over 300lbs, and despite losing the bloody weight (ongoing!), I'm still diabetic (although diet controlled, no longer insulin dependent) and my knees are buggered. OBESITY. IS. UNHEALTHY. Gastric bypass surgery saved my life.

    Emma CopusEmma Copus5 päivää sitten
  • Did a little research, most of these people think obesity isn’t a disease and also think all diets don’t work even when people provide scientific proof

    Sarcastic SkepticSarcastic Skeptic6 päivää sitten
    • @geegeelyn so... maintaining a diet

      Sarcastic SkepticSarcastic SkepticPäivä sitten
    • Diets DON'T work. What works is changing eating habits and maintaining that change.

      geegeelyngeegeelyn3 päivää sitten
  • It would be great when you talk about remission of diabetes if you specify that you mean type 2. I have several T1D family members and the frequency with which they and various loved ones have to deal with T2 only applicable commentary is exhausting.

    Heidi CHeidi C6 päivää sitten
  • But smoking is bad for your health, yet cessation has a high failure rate. Doesnt mean quitting is bad, it means it's difficult. I dont hear all these people complaining that doctors are smoker-shaming. And many places will actually charge smokers and people on nicotine patches x-tra for healthcare, because they're doing something that makes them less healthy. Imagine if insurance charged more for people that were overweight. Because the truth is, your more likely to have health problems if you're overweight.

    snakabuzsnakabuz6 päivää sitten
  • The 95% fail rate in prescribing a diet is like saying that antibiotics are high fail rate because people are not taking it..

    nhhshusky21nhhshusky216 päivää sitten
  • This whole comment thread makes me really sad. Honestly so does the video Shame on all of you.

    catiecat102catiecat1026 päivää sitten
    • Why

      12 A Manas Pradhan12 A Manas Pradhan3 päivää sitten
  • My mom is obese and she is in her 40s and it scares me that she is going to develop health issues :( idk how to talk to her about it

    jayjay6 päivää sitten
  • I think the comment about fad diets is actually meaningful - diet culture is HARMFUL. Fad diets are harmful. The mental health effects of diets are harmful. Having a good relationship with food should be the overall focus of health. Losing weigh via dieting and restrictive habits almost never works, and when it does, it almost always backfires. Too many of us have lived through this dangerous cycle.

    Cassie BelkaCassie Belka6 päivää sitten
  • I don't understand why people think diet is only solution.... Sometimes even if we improve diet weight loss might not b possible there could be some other medical conditions like thyroid...pcos ... Which needs proper treatment...Being obese is like start of further issues .... Summer body is not any doctors standards 😂😂😂😂 of healthy body....

    Neha SheteNeha Shete7 päivää sitten
  • 7:34 In fairness, if a smoker came to you about something completely unrelated (e.g. bad back pain after working a manual job for years) you wouldn't mention smoking. So why would their weight be mentioned every single time (but once) they visited the doctor? I come from a country with free healthcare and I've had them miss a *lot* of issues, but at the end of the day, even if my life is a mess as a result, I haven't spent all my money on doctors. If I was paying and they just kept using my weight as an excuse to not dig deeper I'd be so annoyed (and ill)! This all said, I had the opposite issue, when I was visually underweight (with an ED), literally no doctor mentioned it when I came with related issues, which is a bit strange.

    Nova BelladonnaNova Belladonna7 päivää sitten
  • I dont even think that over-weight ppl are offended. Its probs just some hater. Ppl get joy from dragging others down to their level.

    Sadia AhmadzaiSadia Ahmadzai7 päivää sitten
  • I like this video.Its not jokey and fake, it goes straight to the point and doesn't waste time.

    A HA H7 päivää sitten
  • his shirt is about to pop

    PiaPia7 päivää sitten
  • its so weird how these people don't understand that obesity...IS..a disease?..? they as doctors are just looking out for your health? they're not random Instagram trolls who just like to hurt people online for fun dude

    kipklopkipklop7 päivää sitten
  • accepting your body is great thats good but denying that you are not healthy is stupid . i know im fat i know i wanted to do the best is my doctors fatphobic no ! i know im just lazy to diet and excersice i hate a bloodpresure that is so alarming that they always repeat the test because its so unatural for my age and im becoming selfware that i need to loose the fat and be healthy

    TinderboxTinderbox7 päivää sitten
  • Wow, as someone who is studying to become a nutritionist I didn't realize there are people who are offended by this stuff. Nutrition and losing weight is about health, not how you look. I think we can all be beautiful at any size but we cannot always be healthy at any size, and that's just scientific fact.

    Laurel G.Laurel G.7 päivää sitten
  • I can understand that as a healthcare professional, Dr. mike may be presenting the risks of being overweight to patients. I think what the comments he's addressing and what a lot of people in these comments are overlooking or have never experienced are consistent doctor visits over YEARS, DECADES, where other health issues that have nothing or little to do with weight are called back to being overweight. Broke a bone? it's not because of the dirt biking. Must be cause you're overweight. You're unhappy? Don't bother with CBT. Try losing a few pounds. Oh, you had a miscarriage? Nevermind the tons of factors that could contribute to that. Should have put down the doritos! These are all sentiments that medical professionals tell people regardless of any other possible causes for symptoms. This is what is meant by fatphobia on the medical profession - non-holistic care. I've had my pediatrician, despite years of weight loss and exercise attempts tell me similar things. And my adult physicians tell me that my organs, levels, etc. are FINE and even HEALTHLY except for just my weight. Consider it a blessing that none of you have had a physician that has treated you as such and that you are able to see his point so easily.

    Denitria BarnettDenitria Barnett7 päivää sitten
  • im very trigered with "many medicine research comes from a fatphobic stance" like excuse mee??????? do you even know what a research is????? nfksbfjam. and its very offending because that person just literally discredited all the efforts of these researches to show evidences that benefits EVERYONE just because of his ignorance and misinterpreted view of research. fnnsba

    Lapis LazuliLapis Lazuli7 päivää sitten
  • doctor: being morbidly obese is unhealthy fat people: FaT pHoBiA!!! BMI is inaccurate!! (not for them tho their weight comes from fat not muscle)

    oh sehunoh sehun7 päivää sitten
  • Fat people invented fat-shaming to feel justified, I mean, I'm overweight, no excuse even when having a chronic illness. Fatphobia does not exist, just excuses. Fat people are fat, no excuse, and you can lower your weight with work.

    Moneda MeowMoneda Meow7 päivää sitten
  • Seriously people how is saying obesity is unhealthy fatphobic

    Jack NicholasJack Nicholas7 päivää sitten
  • its mostly the obese ppl that gets offended over everything thats about weight. i was morbidly obese myself before gastric bypass, i can see myself typing stuff. its just ignorance

    rebecca xxrebecca xx8 päivää sitten
  • It breaks my heart that these comments came up. Dr. Mike always comes across to me as very well informed and educated. I didn't see anything wrong with what he was saying, there's nothing wrong with trying a new diet and he's never said "if you don't do this you're wrong". I've always been really into nutrition and fitness and different strategies work for different people.

    styleshawtystyleshawty8 päivää sitten
  • The people that wrote those comments don't understand that doctor want them to be healthy

    wildfoxn95wildfoxn958 päivää sitten
  • I love watching your videos Dr Mike, as a nurse I learn from you, after a really tough day in these very strange times I switch on FIstream and watch you react to scrubs or house and I swear you have the ability to make laugh when I wanted to cry. I'm also a plus size woman and never not once have I ever felt insulted or feel shamed by any of your content. I find you helpful, encouraging and your speak from the heart when alot of doctors are blunt and in many cases not nice. Keep doing what you are doing I'm so happy I came across your channel thank you so much for being you. "Stay happy and healthy" (not stealing the slogan but I've quoted it many times)❤️ from a fan across the pond here in Ireland 🇮🇪

    Noleen McbreartyNoleen Mcbrearty8 päivää sitten
  • The problem is in recent years if at any point you talk about fatness or weight that isn't in a "you do you, be proud of your body" way, it is seen at fatphobic. Somehow even just acknowledging that having a body fat percentage over a certain amount has become viewed as fatphobia and you can't say anything about how being overweight means you're generally at a higher risk for lifestyle diseases without people jumping down your throat

    DivyaDivya8 päivää sitten
  • As a pharmacist I have to say something. To the people who claim being overweight doesn't mean being unhealthy: You're right. But that's if your exceeding weight is composed by muscle, not fat. If you got a big belly pouch, have floppy arms and legs, there is absolutely no reason for you to think you fall into the healthy category. Remember healthy does not equal "not currently sick". Health is also caring for your body long term. Being sedentary kills.

    Laura BlancoLaura Blanco8 päivää sitten
  • It is beautiful if you love the way your body looks, big or small. But it is never okay if the size of your body is killing you. Hence, Dr. Mike's advice!

    Ringo BratRingo Brat8 päivää sitten
  • How can yall hate him like 👁

    Valerie chanValerie chan8 päivää sitten
  • By reading the comments, I am a bit disappointed that the issue does not seem to be properly tacked here :( Everyone seems to think that the accusation was on saying that being obese is bad for your health. :/ The actual problem just "starts" here: when doctors only answer to that with a diet, or good eating habits. Because sometimes this is not the cause, sometimes it is BUT it's related to eating disorders, and mental health issues, or social condition. We have plenty of studies that shows how mental health and social backgrounds are related, and I think it could be for the best to check every options and at least offer a holistic kind of support to them. If patients dont need it, that's fine, but maybe it is better not to always assume that bad eating habits are THE and only reason for obesity.

    Lucie NicoleLucie Nicole8 päivää sitten
    • Ps: although I found sarcastic comments very annoying, I hope that mine above does not sound that way, I genuinely hope that I can help in the discussion :/

      Lucie NicoleLucie Nicole8 päivää sitten
  • As an overweight person (and have been my entire life, to varying extremes), I can say first-hand that there is a WORLD OF DIFFERENCE between fat-shaming and a medical professional telling you that you're overweight or obese. It's obvious that extra weight is bad for your health. Period. And as a person who is VERY sensitive to non-medical people "weighing in" with their thoughts on my weight, i can say that Doctor Mike is not fat-shaming. Keep on keepin' on, Doc! :)

    Cindy TaylorCindy Taylor8 päivää sitten
  • He's a doctor. What the heck.

    Maeli PowellMaeli Powell8 päivää sitten
    • welcome to 2020 lol

      NanaナナNanaナナ2 päivää sitten
  • Pointing out weight contributes to your health is not fatphobia, it's science. If you are overweight it would be remiss if your doctor didn't point it out, because that's where that conversation needs to happen. If you are taking offense to a doctor on FIstream, pointing out that obesity is an issue but is not singling out a single person, just talking in generalities, than maybe you need to take a long hard look at your lifestyle and your mental health and figure out why this information triggers you. Your doctor wants you to be comfortable in your own skin but in order to be comfortable, everything needs to be in functional order.

    nishikazenishikaze8 päivää sitten
  • Don't take seriously what Redditors say, it's usually bullshit.

    Step BruvStep Bruv8 päivää sitten
  • I love the fact that he speaks so eloquently. Like dude my depressed brain doesn't allow that for me 😭

    Syarafana ReslanSyarafana Reslan8 päivää sitten
  • I feel like doctors have very good reason for being "fatphobic". Like dude they've sworn an oath to save your life and reduce your risk of getting diseases that's why they told you not to be overweight, regardless of whatever your opinion on it.

    Syarafana ReslanSyarafana Reslan8 päivää sitten
  • People are so fake These days and sugar coating everything that they can't stand when someone is 100% honest with sad

    Saku ChanSaku Chan8 päivää sitten
  • I had rny. It worked for me. I've kept off 110lbs for 10 years.

    Joelene AJoelene A8 päivää sitten
  • Anyone who disses on intermittent fasting hasn't looked at the research. It promotes dna repair and the removal of free radicals.

    The CellarThe Cellar9 päivää sitten
  • Honestly this is like the third video of Dr. Mike that I have ever watched and i just love how he explains things and his personality / charisma is really endearing! I am definitely a new subscriber

    Monica AguileraMonica Aguilera9 päivää sitten
  • I love all doctor Mike's videos and never has he said anything fatphobic I'm overweight my self and ik it's bad to be highly obese although I'm not anywhere near to that point I don't want to get to that point. From changing my lifestyle and eating habits I have lost over 20 pounds! In just under 2 months. And my goal is 120 for my age. I'm highly against people bullying others for thier size. But I'm also against people calling people who are generally worried about thier health being called fat shamers. Because it's the truth being a little chubby is ok but being highly over weight is bad for your health. I'm not bullying for caring about your health a d life! Fat shamers call them pigs ugly cows beach Wales and among other discusti things. But people who actually care about your health are just worried about what your eating habits are doi to your body.

    Trinity GraceTrinity Grace9 päivää sitten
  • Silently waiting for the guy to respond.

    My Cat PepperMy Cat Pepper9 päivää sitten
  • Dr. Mike is talking all facts tho. If it is not hormonal, being overweight is your fault. Like me, I've been overweight my whole life, and even though there are some hormonal problems aswell,I eat A LOT and I can still lose weight if I try hard. So its not fat shaming OR fat-phobia to tell someone to have a healthier diet.

    Çağla OtluÇağla Otlu9 päivää sitten
  • I have found that there will ALWAYS be someone that will dislike a video or comments no matter how genuine or guided it may be. I have contemplated making a FIstream Channel on my daily Pest Control Life, educating people the causes of pests, how to inspect and treat them because I fear the backlash I may get from people who may not like it. I have been doing this for almost 18 years and have only kept it in my IG for my close family and friends. I admire Dr. Mike and would love to have him as my Physician. He is very knowledgeable! ❤️

    Carms UrzuaCarms Urzua9 päivää sitten