AN SSBBWs WORLD
Information and rants about living in the real world as an SSBBW
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My rant this month is about the medical profession and their lack of understanding and training about obesity, about the way they tend to stereotype us and put us all in one box, etc. I know that there are some doctors and other professionals out there that are wonderful and understanding but the majority, especially within the general practioner/family doctor realm, seem to be stuck in the past with what they were taught 20 years ago in medical school.
An example of this just happened last week with my mother. She is 72 and about 220lbs which is the heaviest she has ever been. She's had a bad year in that we lost my father 10 months ago and she's had hip/knee problems. She went to see her family doctor, who she has been seeing for probably about 30 years. This doctor said she needed to lose weight (she won't argue that and has been watching what she eats). She was told simply "to eat less"..... the doctor didn't even ask what she currently eats!! My mother doesn't eat much to start with and I told her to NOT start eating less because she will become ill.
I used to go see this same doctor for many years myself when I was younger and into my early 20's until the day she said to me, "You're too smart to be fat". That comment upset me to the core. It was rude, it was unthinking and totally unfounded. Needless to say I've never went back to her and found myself another doctor. And even after 15+ years I feel my blood pressure start to rise when I think of that comment. My current doctor is younger and much more understanding. Still she only knows what very little they teach about obesity in medical school.
Another issue I have with the medical profession is the fact that they are not equipped to deal with large people. And I'm not talking about expensive machines etc. here I'm talking about a small purchase of one or two chairs that don't have arms!! It irks me to no end to walk into a waiting room and see chairs with arms that my butt will not fit into it and if it does my thighs ooze out the sides and I end up with bruises on them.
I'm sure just about everyone of you reading this has a story about a doctor or someone else in the medical profession that wasn't understanding or aware of our needs or was just outright fat-phobic. Share your stories with us on our forums or email us.
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