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248 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 12 years ago by falconwing

Does it bother you when a doctor tells you to quit smoking and lose weight when they themselves are overweight smokers?

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12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 7/5/07 - 3:10:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
While it does seem hypocritical, they aren't there to tell you what their personal preference is. They're there to give you their professional opinion on what is going to help you keep healthy.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/6/07 - 2:38:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
very hypocritical.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/6/07 - 2:41:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is hypocritical,but they are obligated to do it
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/6/07 - 8:25:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really and a doctor has never told me that.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/10/07 - 10:58:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
No,it wouldn't bother me. They obviosly know that is the healthier choice, and whether or not they chose to do so themselves , they are giving you the advice to better your life.
12 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/22/07 - 7:23:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't do either, but it wouldn't bother me. I know habits are hard to break, and they just want to help me. Trust doctors, dammit.
12 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/22/07 - 8:07:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure - that kind of advice works both ways.
12 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/23/07 - 3:17:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
It shouldn't bother you. Just because they don't follow the path to good health, doesn't mean it's anymore more or less valid of a choice.
12 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/11/07 - 7:21:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah I do..."Paging Dr.Hippo-crite To the ER your needed to remove the log from own eye!...stat!"
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/4/07 - 10:38:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
uh no. it just tells me they are stupid and dont really care about there health. and if you dont do what they do, youll live longer. how could living longer annoy you?
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/4/07 - 10:43:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well it hasn't happened to me, but it would seem a little odd. Then again I wouldn't know their personal life either so maybe they are trying to lose weight and quit smoking.

Being a Dr. they obviously know it's bad for them, but those are two things that are hard to give up.

12 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/6/07 - 12:52:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
They can give good advice, even if they don't follow it themselves. Sure it's a bit hypocritical, but that doesn't REALLY enter into it.

Their job is to examine you, find out what's wrong, and tell you how to improve your health. The physicians own health and habits don't actually have an impact on that, other than give people who don't want to make changes an excuse to ignore good advice.

11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/10/08 - 4:57:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's very hypocritical, but it's also an addiction, and it's very hard for people to quit.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/10/08 - 5:02:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Someone can be doing things that are bad for themselves, but they can know at the same time that those things are bad and warn others. If it's a doctor, it's part of his job to tell people to stop such behaviors if they will affect the person's health. It doesn't really matter to me that a doctor engaged in the same behavior will still tell a patient to quit.

It makes me think of how I procrastinate all the time but I can tell other people procrastination isn't good and recommend that they not do it.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/10/08 - 5:22:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't really see it as hypocritical. It's their job to make recommendations to preserve my health.

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