Posted: 13/12/2013 at 09:45
KEF, I go to those check ups every 3 years, was every 2 but French NHS is cutting back. One time I was told off by the young lady doctor for being 9 stone. She said I should be 8 stone. I'm 5'3" with size 7 feet, big boned. Haven't seen her since, thank goodness, I'm well over that now.
My doctor (sporting middle age spread and the kind of face that made you wonder just how much alcohol he drank) once told me to loose weight to "cure" my back pain (several blown discs, two crushed vertebra, several nerve damage, spinal cord kinked and scarred... you get the idea). At the time I was 5ft 9" / size eight feet / huge child bearing hips that make all my midwife friends swoon and tell me I'd "only have to sneeze to pop one out", and eight an a bit stone (dressed). I asked him politely just where this weight was meant to come from as I was rather fondly attached to my legs. The same doctor then told my mother that she was a bit of a fatty (which while true wasn't perhaps the best way of putting it) who would do well to stay away from the biscuit tin.
I'm still amazed mother didn't place her podgy little knee to his jugular.
Sometimes I think GPs are sent a memo around saying "this month is obesity month - you must get XXX amount of patients to loose weight" and "next month is STD awareness month, make sure you insist all 13 year old coming in with their mum because they'd got an inner ear infection have the test regardless of how they protest".
You'll all be terribly excited to hear that I'm wearing my festive socks and have brought in my office desk decorations to fill this engineering office with merriment. So far I've been risk assessed and checked for conformity of colouring.