You eat much more junk food than you’d prefer to admit.
Why it’s key: If you’ve put on weight, are prediabetic or have cholesterol issues with no clear lifestyle cause, you may be prescribed drugs you don’t need. Also, ‘If you haven’t changed your diet or exercise habits, we’ll need to do some investigating’ to find out if there’s a medical reason for any excessive weight gain, says Moore. That could mean tests for fluid retention, hypothyroidism or even a tumour. How to spit it out: Take heart: you’re definitely not the first patient to want to fudge the truth. ‘People exaggerate their intake of fruits and vegetables, and underreport on junk food,’ notes Katz. A study from Harvard University in the US found that patients with type-2 diabetes were often reluctant to discuss their self-care behaviours because they feared being judged or were ashamed. But, says Katz, speaking for most of his colleagues, ‘There’s nothing you can’t tell me. The only reason I want to know is so I can do a better job of taking care of you.’