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Just take a look at these typical medical history forms below from a variety of medical practices.  Do you see anything unusual?

General Medical History Form

General Medical History Form

General Medical History Form

So we make a doctor’s appointment and if we haven’t seen the doctor in a while we fill out a medical history form.  We look at all the information, complete it and hand it back to the administrative person at the desk.  This should almost be a no brainer but 90% of all medical history forms do not include obesity.  How can this be?  Just recently we had two friends go to the doctors for some evaluations for current medical issues but because they hadn’t seen their doctors in person over a year because of Covid-19.   They both filled out and completed a standard medical history form.  These forms were 2-4 pages long and included between 50-100 different medical conditions or symptoms that any person might have or suffer from.  These forms are very detailed and even ask about family history, i.e. your parent’s medical conditions so that they could see any patterns arising from one generation to the next.  

The main issue here is that obesity is by far the biggest problem in healthcare both here in the US and globally.  If someone has diabetes or a heart condition it is more than likely that their cause can stem back to an obesity problem.  

This should be a simple fix.  We will be creating a national program for a more standard medical form so that obesity will be an important part of the form.  Since obesity is now becoming a specialty they may refer you to an obesity specialist whom might be another physician, bariatric surgeon, dietician, or nutritionist.  These are the people that can create a very individualized and comprehensive action plan for your better wellbeing and happiness.