Fatties don’t want to be judged at the doctor

May 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm 10 comments

Fat Doctor

A study found that people who are obese are choosing not to go to the doctor for “life-saving treatments” because they don’t want to be judged by doctors, medical staff, etc. for their weight.

Well, duh. Doctors are especially bad about this. Doctors always judge people about their size — even when you are going in for something completely different — like a pap-smear.

The only time that I want to talk about my weight is when my weight is actually causing or affecting my health and causing whatever ailment I am in for — other than that, I don’t want to hear about how my weight is causing my ear infection, OK?

When doctors start laying aside their prejudices about fat people, then — and only then — will fat people will seek treatment. Because, seriously, I am sick and tired of having a doctor — who is fatter than I am — stand there and give me a lecture on how fat I am.


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  • 1. Jerry  |  May 28, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    OMG, did they actually say it was *causing* your ear infection?

    This caught my eye because I had a doctor whom I went to see for an ear infection, and he immediately started talking about how I needed to lose weight. But he never said that one caused the other. Now I wonder if he thought that…

    • 2. kittypaws9  |  May 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm

      Yeah, those were the words that he used — actually “causing” — seriously?

      I think that he probably did. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one getting that. I think the doctor probably didn’t know what was causing my ear infection so went to my weight as an excuse.

  • 3. Fantine  |  May 28, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Even if the doctor truly believes my fat is causing my ear infection, the reason I am in their office because have an ear infection and it hurts, so can you help me with that, plzkthx? Grrr, it drives me insane!

  • 4. Spinch  |  May 28, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve had far too many doctors– including my first dermatologist — comment about my weight when it had nothing to do with what I was seeing them for.

  • 5. Tinose  |  May 29, 2009 at 1:49 am

    I’ve been getting better about being firmly polite about telling the doctor that it’s irrelevant, so please get on with fixing what’s ACTUALLY bothering me plzkthx. I’m somewhat at a loss on how to do that when what’s bothering me is generic tiredness and other symptoms that I suspect are hypothyroidism (as was the case last time I visited the doctor), unfortunately.

    But it’s utterly ridiculous and yes, harmful, how doctors ALWAYS bring up your weight. I would love to someday find a doctor who only brings up weight when it’s directly related to the reason for your visit, but I don’t have much hope of it.

  • 6. doctorblue  |  May 29, 2009 at 2:37 am

    I think the problem is with doctors letting their prejudices and stereotypes influence their judgement. It is very common for doctors to dismiss health complaints of slim patients as nothing more than psychosomatic to be treated with antidepressants. I guess it’s a lot less work to judge people in the first 8 seconds than to actually do tests, read and analyze results and come up with proper diagnosis and treatment.

  • 7. Angela  |  May 29, 2009 at 7:57 am

    My regular doc went to Thailand for a year, so the other doctor at the practice hired a new woman. The first (and only) time I saw her was for intense, piercing pain in my breasts. The doctor did an exam, then told me that I needed to stop drinking so much caffeine. I told her I only drink a coke maybe once a week. “Well, you need to stop drinking so much caffeine” AGAIN, in a voice that said she didn’t believe me. Then she told me that the breast pain wasn’t a problem anyway, because women my age (25) DON’T GET BREAST CANCER! WTF? Then she asked me about weight loss. WTFx2!!! I told her I exercise everyday and eat well, and that I’m healthy and don’t need to lose weight. She gave me an ultra judgmental “uh huh” reply, and told me again to stop drinking so much caffeine. Then she left, and I complained to the other doctor.

    Next time I go in to my doctors office, I plan on lending that woman my copy of “Health at Every Size”. Maybe that will help her.

    • 8. kittypaws9  |  May 29, 2009 at 7:42 pm

      That is a good idea! I think it should be required reading.

      I hate when they don’t even listen to you or think that you are lying. Why would I lie? Lying isn’t going to help the doctor figure out what’s wrong — so why do they assume I would?

      That woman sounds like a quack. No breast cancer at 25??? And why does breast pain automatically mean that you have cancer? Wow, hopefully she isn’t practicing anyone — That could be really dangerous.

      She sounds like such a nightmare — sorry you had to go through with that!

  • 9. Meowser  |  May 30, 2009 at 6:08 am

    Women in their mid-20s don’t get breast cancer? Has she never heard of Linda Creed? Creed was a songwriter who first got diagnosed in her 20s and died in her 30s, and I sometimes wonder if her cancer might have been caught sooner if doctors hadn’t dismissed the idea that someone young, thin, and “healthy looking” like herself could possibly be that sick. And Creed first got diagnosed some 30 years ago. They never learn.

  • 10. Adrienne  |  May 30, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Surprisingly, I haven’t had a problem with this. My mom comments often about how she wishes my doctors would push me to lose weight, and she thinks it’s sad that they just let me come in without ever mentioning it. Maybe I’ve just been lucky, but I can only remember one doctor ever bringing it up, and all he said was, “You may want to consider doing something about your weight while you’re still young.” I’m fully aware of this and politely told him so; he never brought up the issue again.


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