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Sunday, February 15, 2004

A doctor admits what we have known all along "I admit that I have a problem with morbid obesity."

"I have many successes with the overweight, and a few successes with the obese, but no successes with the morbidly obese. So I am hardened. And I am prejudiced. "

Well, no shit. We, the fat people, know you're prejudiced against us. We know you see us solely as fat. You don't look beyond the fat for what's actually wrong should we have a health issue. Nope, your answer "Loss weight."

Even though DB, admits he has no success with the "morbidly obese" losing weight, that's still what they tell us.

Are doctors not seeing that there is something else there? Maybe there's a reason we're not dropping down to a size 6? Maybe, just maybe, there's something they don't understand about fat?

At least, DB, admitted his prejudice towards fat patients. I hope he refers those patients elsewhere, to a physician who is fat friendly, one who looks beyond the size of a patients ass, and to the patient as a person.

The number one thing I tell doctors who see me: Treat me as if I'm a thin patient. What treatment would you prescribe for someone who weighs 120 pounds?

The number two thing? No, I will fucking not have Gastric Bypass Surgery.

Here's a quote from the article DB is referring to: "These are people who should be going to the doctor more often than others, but in many cases they are not. Studies suggest this is because they believe the health system doesn't want to deal with them, or is out to humiliate them.

Here is what they experience: gowns that are too small; waiting room chairs they cannot squeeze into; scales placed in public view; exam tables that tip over; procedures (such as pelvic exams) that turn embarrassing when extra staff is required to lift the patient's middle. "

And you wonder why fat people have health problems? We let minor things go, until they are no longer minor. We avoid doctors until we can no longer take the pain of an illness. We'd rather suffer, than be humilated by a medical field who treats us like excrement.

Open your eyes, docs, 2/3 of the USA's population fits your view of fat. You keep treating us like this, you keep dehumanizing us, and wonder why doctors are no longer seen as worthy of worship?