Welcome WFPL listeners

Welcome listeners of Louisville-based radio station WFPL 89.3.  If you’re accessing this site in response  to the State of Affairs segment today on fat acceptance and weight-based discrimination, here’s an introduction.  The site was conceived after a blogger wrote a three-part special entitled Fat Hatred Kills.  The response to Thorn’s poignant story was an onslaught of similar stories of weight-based discrimination in health care.  This site strives to provide an outlet for people to share their experiences with hopes the stories will prove to be self-empowering and work to change the discriminatory landscape prevalent in too many doctor’s offices and hospitals.

The stories here are heartbreaking in their brutal honesty: Scores of fat people denied adequate and competent health care from medical professionals who couldn’t see past their fat to diagnose and treat the problem.  This is, in fact, one of the primary reasons why more fat people don’t go to the doctor until, in some cases, it’s too late – they don’t want to be bullied by those who’ve taken an oath to “First, Do No Harm.”

This site was borne as a way for people to speak out about the discriminatory treatment they’ve received.  If you’ve been the victim of fat-discrimination in health care, find out how to lodge a complaint here or send us your story here.   You are not alone.

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  1. Jamie

     /  June 10, 2009

    Slow down on pointing the finger… Endometriosis can be caused by birth control pills. Birth control pills influence the body’s hormone levels the same as body fat. I’m not saying fat causes endometriosis but it can certainly play a role.
    Our health care system will continue to get worse as long as people don’t take care of themselves. 100 years ago overweight people had a shorter life span. Type II Diabetes’s didn’t exist. Today, with the advancement in medicine, we can keep overweight people alive longer BUT at the expense of ever escalating health care costs. Frankly, it’s a tragic shame that people won’t take responsibility for improving their own health.

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  2. vesta44

     /  June 10, 2009

    Jamie – You seem to think that just by taking better care of ourselves, we can avoid disease and illness. That is so far from the truth. There are people who have supposedly done everything “right”, from eating “right”, exercising, getting “enough” sleep, etc, and guess what? They still get sick and sometimes even die, and no one knows why. You say it’s advancements in medicine that are keeping fat people alive longer, but it’s those advancements in medicine that are keeping ALL people alive longer – thin, fat, and every size in between. Those health care costs that are escalating aren’t due to people not “taking care” of themselves, they’re due to insurance companies that are more concerned about making a buck than seeing that people have the health care they need, and doctors that order tons of tests just to cover their backsides so they don’t get sued for the mistakes they make when they’re too lazy to look at a fat person and take the time to find out what is really wrong instead of automatically saying “You’re fat, lose weight, and whatever problem you have will go away.” Those escalating costs are due in part to people living longer, since the longer you live, the more illnesses you’ll probably have and the more expensive it will be to treat them. So don’t blame it all on fat people (those lazy gluttons that just don’t care enough to “take care” of themselves), we’re not the only piece of the problem, nor are we the biggest part of the problem (size notwithstanding, pun fully intended).

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