I’m a 23 y/o female. I’ve suffered from multiple health problems my entire life and had 6 surgeries by the time I was 20. Even though most of my health problems were not weight related (I do have PCOS however) but genetic abnormalities and luck of the draw, my weight was always addressed. Doctors put me on my first diet at 6, and I spent many years being tortured by health professionals about my size as they “tried to help me”. One doctor put me on experimental medications to “control my thoughts about food”. Another told me I was lazy, pathetic, would never have friends, find love, be successful or pretty if I didn’t lose the weight – at the time, I was maybe 30lbs overweight, incredibly active and 10 YEARS OLD. Pretty harsh things to tell a 10 year old, but apparently it was supposed to be “reverse psychology”. After everything, doctors (and the rest of society) destroyed my self-esteem, I ended up with binge eating disorder, severe depression and I ballooned to 340lbs.
At 20, I started getting sicker and sicker until I was nearly debilitated by extreme chronic fatigue, headaches, pain, vision problems and motor control issues. I had to beg my doctor to send me for tests, and he did, but each time he told me it was all caused by my weight. Finally, I broke down in frustration and cried, asking for anything to help. He told me if I really was suffering as much I said I was, I needed to lose weight. I replied that I’d been trying. He said if I was serious, I should just be eating a few carrots for breakfast, lunch and dinner…and that’s it. I was taken aback and asked, “is that enough to physically sustain a person?”. Then he reached over, POKED MY BELLY, LAUGHED and told me that would sustain me for a year.
After a lot of google-ing and scouring medical texts, I found that my symptoms perfectly fit a rare, serious neurological disorder. I asked for the corresponding tests and my doctor sent me for them “to shut me up”. Guess who was right and now has permanent nerve and brain damage as a result of doctors’ fat discrimination prolonging my diagnosis?