Dear 100 Hour Board (primarily Sheebs, if available),
I find myself in need of weight loss. I've had one doctor with signs all over his office offer his expensive program involving some kind of hormones. He seemed more interested in selling his program than my overall physical or mental health and pain. But no doctors have ever offered to refer me to a dietitian (or my diabetic spouse, for that matter). I'm extremely skeptical of the whole industry. I'm ok with my looks, but I'm tired of the joint pain and lack of stamina that is interfering with my quality of life. What legitimate help is available, and who should I trust? What red flags should I watch out for?
-100, +100, (-135?)
You don't need a referral to visit a dietitian, as far as I am aware. Weight loss is a tricky subject, and if you feel your healthcare provider is not helping you, choose a different doctor. When you have chosen one, consider asking them about gastric bypass surgery, which may or may not be a good option for you.
We're really not experts, just faces somewhere else behind a screen. And kidneys too, I suppose, though I like to keep mine in a jar, next to my dentures.