Dr Oz: Undercover in a Fat Suit
Dr. Oz has covered the topic of obesity on his show before, but it has always been from the perspective of a doctor. Today he looks at it from an entirely different angle when he goes undercover as a morbidly obese man to find out what it is really like to walk in the shoes of an overweight person. He spent four hours getting “made up” and dressed before venturing out onto the streets of New York City.
Dr Oz: Low Self-Esteem and Obesity
Dr. Oz says his time in a fat suit was a very sobering experience, especially when he stopped to look in a window and saw 400 pounds staring back at him. He says he felt the stares and heard the snickers of people as they passed by him and even though he knew really was not a 400-pound man, he often felt unworthy, especially when a woman switched seats after he sat next to her on a bus.
Dr. Oz shared how he had interesting conversations with women as he sat eating an unhealthy lunch in the middle of a crowded food court. He was amazed at how willing they were to talk about their own doctor and how much it bothered them to be weighed at each visit. Dr. Oz says he usually walks through life with his head held high, but this experience lowered his self esteem and made him feel like a totally different person.
Dr Oz: Judging People with Obesity
Once back in his studio, Dr. Oz talked to one of the women he met while undercover and she says she would like doctors to know how important it is to have a provider who cares about their patient and shows compassion, regardless of their health or their weight. Dr. Caroline Apovian says we are all guilty of judging people with obesity, but she hopes that can change. She says even though most people believe it is a personal choice and overweight people could lose weight if they just try, that is simply not true, especially for obese people. Dr. Apovian believes that regardless of a person’s size they should always feel comfortable and welcome when visiting their doctor’s office.
Dr Oz: No Longer Displaying Weight in “Truth Tube”
Dr. Oz says if you do not feel comfortable being weighed at the doctor’s office, then you do not have to step on the scale. He says if you are overweight it can clearly be seen by your doctor and they do not need a number to help you get healthy. He also made a promise that going forward he will no longer display a person’s weight when they step into his “Truth Tube” on the show because knowing someone’s weight is not necessary when working together to get healthy.