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When my surgeon told me a diagnosis five years prior could’ve saved my lung, I remember a feeling of complete and utter rage. Because I remembered the five years I spent looking for some kind of reason why I was always coughing, always sick. Most of all, I remembered being consistently told that the reason I was sick was because I was fat.

My doctors treated my fat, rather than investigating the real reason I was sick, and it could’ve killed me.

I Had Cancer – And Medical Fat-Shaming Could Have Killed Me — Everyday Feminism


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Sep. 16th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
I saw this too, was even writing my own rant (that I'm not sure if I'll post), and I've read and heard too many stories about similar things happening (medical conditions that have nothing to do with fat being blamed on weight, or having weight loss prescribed as the cure). Apparently, some doctors will refuse to treat a patient unless they lose weight too. And in the time it takes to lose weight, you get sicker and sicker. Terrifying! As a person living with PCOS and hypothyroidism who has a very hard time losing weight, I live in constant fear of medical fat shaming every time I go to the doctor. Even though my doctors at the moment know what PCOS is, I'm well aware that many people also think "PCOS is just an excuse, calories in, calories out." Even though nothing as dramatic as this story has happened to me, I've had doctors push for weight loss and recommend starvation diets.

What's shocking too is I read of a case where medical fat shaming happened to a thin person. Which tells me that some doctors may have a distorted idea that the "healthy" weight is only very, very thin. A patient lost her leg and part of her pelvis due to cancer after being told to "lose her belly weight."
Sep. 16th, 2015 01:25 am (UTC)
Yes, and my current GP has started doing this to me. Everything is due to my weight, according to him. I really miss my wonderful GP from where I used to live until May 2008…

Also, after reading the article you linked to, the UK NHS is wonderful but one thing that it is notorious for is long waiting lists.

Edited at 2015-09-16 01:33 am (UTC)
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