Would you go to a doctor who appeared to be generally unhealthy?

Jump to Last Post 1-8 of 8 discussions (10 posts)
  1. CWanamaker profile image98
    CWanamakerposted 6 years ago

    Would you go to a doctor who appeared to be generally unhealthy?

  2. tjdavis profile image60
    tjdavisposted 6 years ago

    No I would not go to a doctor who appeared to be generally unhealthy because if he can't keep himself healthy how will he take care of me?  Just like I would not follow an exercise regime from someone who is fat. You know the the old saying "Physician heal thyself!!"

  3. Express10 profile image88
    Express10posted 6 years ago

    Heck no. I cannot take advice about my health from "do as I say and not as I do types."

  4. Gregoryy profile image61
    Gregoryyposted 6 years ago

    I do belive that all people in health fields do have a unwritten obligation to be a role model of health and fitness. Some people can by hypocritical though. Just becuase they are unhealthy does not mean they lack the knowledge to make another person healthier. Actions do not coorelate with knowledge. Just becuase you know the correct thing to do, does not mean you will do it, and vice versa. Some smokers say do not smoke as it will ruin you, they are right even if they do smoke themselfs.  I have had gym/health teachers who are overwieght yet they still gave out challenging workouts, and had a great knowledge on health based topics.   Another thing some people who appear healthy are not really healthy. You can look toned, skinny, and look healthy, while smoking,drinking to excess eating a lot of sweets, and doing other unhealthy things as long as you burn  more calories than you use, and/or are good at using make up.  Muscular fit looking males may be taking steroids.  A question is would you rather follow the advice of a obese registered dieatition who you know smokes on their free time, yet has extensive knowledge of what to eat and what not to. Or a skinny muscluar random person who does not have the same knowledge yet is fit becuase they are more obsessed with exercise, and take care of themselfs??

  5. profile image0
    paxwillposted 6 years ago

    As someone who has worked in a hospital for several years, I can tell you that a lot of doctors and nurses smoke, eat like crap, and don't get enough exercise.  That's because they spend a lot of time on the job and don't have a whole lot of spare time to take care of themselves.  It doesn't mean they are bad at what they do.  I would hold off on judging them without first understanding how stressful their schedules can be.

    1. CWanamaker profile image98
      CWanamakerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      That's a very valid point.

    2. Express10 profile image88
      Express10posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I understand your point but patients also face grueling schedules & don't even have the resources that some Dr's and RN's do to ease stress & difficulties. I know a Dr. and a couple of nurses that still work very hard to make time to be healt

  6. Lisa HW profile image67
    Lisa HWposted 6 years ago

    Sure,  I agree with Paxwill's answer.   People can get sick, no matter how healthy their overall habits are.  Also, though, as Paxwill noted, it's sometimes the people who have to keep going no matter what, who sometimes do something that isn't "the healthiest thing in the world" (like eat a Danish for energy or drink too much coffee, etc.).  I'd expect, though, the doctor who is "guilty" of not being healthy would also understand that he can't be arrogant about whether his patient can/can't following all the rules either.  I'd expect such a doctor to understand that sometimes we can all know what is healthiest/best but somehow feel the need to do what is less healthy in order to keep going, and meet our responsibilities to others.  I'd expect the "less than healthy seeming" doctor to understand his/her patients better.  If such a doctor didn't have a better understanding of what his/her patients were dealing with - then no.  That doctor would just be someone who thought S/HE had "good reason" for doing unhealthy stuff but other people can't possibly have similar "good reason".  That's not someone who wants to truly understand the roots of a problem - just an egotist who enjoys being arrogant and self-important.

  7. Rebecca2904 profile image76
    Rebecca2904posted 6 years ago

    I would, yes. Just because someone doesn't choose to lead a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean they don't know how to - how long do these people have to spend in medical school before they can practice? I think that's a more valid qualification than just appearing generally healthy (although, of course, I'd think he was a bit of a hypocrite if he talked about diet and exercise in a condescending manner if his lifestyle was obviously unhealthy.)

  8. newcalendar profile image65
    newcalendarposted 6 years ago

    I would if I knew from experience they were a good doctor. I've dealt with doctors who are in suits and have been absolutely useless and others who are more rough and ready who have been excellent, and vice versa too. Just depends if you trust them, that's the most important thing I believe.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)