Raise your hand if you have ever been to the doctor and have been advised to lose weight, even if it had nothing to do with your ailment? So, everyone then? Those saying no, well, have you ever considered the fact that you aren't considered obese by any standard? So, this is not for you then, sit down, this obviously wasn't directed at you.
This is a pattern with doctors, and society in general to be honest but you can ignore what everybody else says. Except, when it's your doctor, you tend to take it seriously, you kinda have to, and it's frustrating.
"I have a back ache". 'Oh, yeah, try losing some weight". Sure, why don't you first fix that broken bone sticking out of my body and I will consider shedding some kilos, man.
ah, forgot how fun it is to go to the doctor and they emphasize a million times that you’re overweight despite you having concerns that brought you to the doctor in the first place that you actually need to discuss with a medical professional— guava (@guavavenezolana) May 23, 2022
Mind you, obesity can be a problem that contributes to other ailments you might face but doctors have a habit of looking at you and chalking everything down to your weight. This leads to serious misdiagnosis, mostly amongst women.
There are a million and one stories about women whose doctors ignored their PCOS because of their body weight. And this is not limited to India, BTW, before you all try to crucify me. This is a worldwide phenomenon.
Bro, you are a doctor. Do your job. You sure as hell are paid a lot of it. If your patient thinks they have an ailment, just do some tests, diagnose what's wrong with them, instead of fat shaming them. And no, you can't just tell people with PCOS that they should lose weight to get better. You think they don't know that? Everybody and their mother tells them that, pretty much every day.
However, none of them has an MBBS degree and is capable of providing medicines and other solutions to their problems.
is everyone who isn't an overweight woman aware of how fucked up the healthcare system is for us? I told my doctor that I was pretty sure I have PCOS and she said "you probably do, the treatment for that is to lose weight" ok sure whatever I get it pt. 1— Maggie Henderson (@mahenderson946) April 24, 2020
Told a new doctor that I was diagnosed with PCOS. She didn't believe me saying that overweight people "love their excuses." #DiagnosisFat— Kathleen Campbell (@TisKathl) December 7, 2014
Sometimes, you will tell your doctor that maybe you are depressed and they will ask you, if you have tried losing weight! My mum could have told me that? Why did I come to you for help? Aren't you a professional who is supposed to be good at this?
I cried in the doctor’s office once about my depression and how the prescription was making me feel nuts and he asked if I tried losing weight. https://t.co/FwZxOaZ6pm— Melanie Dione (@thegates0fmel) December 18, 2020
Actually, we don't have to go that far away from home to see the fatal consequences of fatshaming doctors.
Just a few weeks ago, actress Chethana Raj passed away from a fat removal surgery. According to reports, her father Varadaraju has alleged that she was brainwashed by the doctor into getting the procedure.
Fat phobia and medical bias is literally killing women because doctors misdiagnose or refuse to look past the weight. People don't do enough research on women's issues and then dismiss anecdotal data. Here's what we do know /1— Dr. Mia Brett (@QueenMab87) February 18, 2019
Doctors often also treat pain less aggressively in fat patients and dismiss symptoms leading to serious complications. Fear of these interactions also prevents women from seeking needed healthcare /3— Dr. Mia Brett (@QueenMab87) February 18, 2019
In one 2014 study, 53 percent of all women said they had been shamed by a physician, compared to 38 percent of the men. And they reported that their weight and their sex lives were the top two reasons for such experiences. /6— Dr. Mia Brett (@QueenMab87) February 18, 2019
Take a look at this case if you have trouble believing doctors misdiagnose 'fat' people.
Rebecca Hiles came down with bronchitis and walking pneumonia at the age of 17. Even 3 years after that, doctors kept telling her if she lost some weight, she wouldn't be coughing as much. This continued till she was 23 and kept getting worse. Surprise surprise, it was years before another doctor took her seriously, did some tests and found out that she had cancer.
Hiles had to have her entire left lung removed, which could have been saved had she been diagnosed at 17, the first time she went to a doctor.
There are. thousands of cases like these all over the world. If it were literally any other profession, we would be up in arms against them. But sadly, it isn't. And because primarily women are affected by it, we have just let it slide just as we used to call every problem women faced, hysteria for the longest time.
Doctors need to do better. A person's weight might affect their health but it isn't the only thing that does. And that's where doctors come in, with their expertise, their years of education and their medicines. If only most of them could muster up some apathy, the world would be far safer place for everyone.