I think most people are aware of the space their body inhabits, so whether or not they need validation from some doctor about their weight is immaterial.
Doctors love to shame their patients into trying to lose weight. I have been on the receiving end of that spectrum. But weight loss does not always need to be the solitary focus and in many cases, making patients feel bad about their bodies and telling them to lose weight is counterproductive to achieving overall physical AND mental health.
It can be incredibly damaging and unhelpful, especially to those trying to focus on their mental health rather than their physical health and feel defeated for not being able to focus on anything but improving their mental illness.
Especially to those who are fat, have always been fat, and no amount of diet or exercise has EVER resulted in weight loss, making them feel unrewarded for their efforts in trying to live a healthy lifestyle.
Especially to those living with disabilities or chronic illnesses that make it very hard for them to live up to this pristine level of health that is so expected out of our health-obsessed, obesity-fearing society.
What ought to be focused on is determining an individual’s own personal health and fitness goals, WITHOUT BRINGING WEIGHT INTO THE EQUATION.
The scale does not determine your health or your worth as a human being. It is actually possible to be healthy at ANY size. You just need to define what is right for you, make your own goals, find satisfaction in yourself and appreciate your body no matter it’s size or shape.
All bodies are good bodies. Health does not have one definition, and fitness looks different for everyone. I wish more people, especially doctors, would adapt these ways of thinking about body image.