This is pretty minor as stories on this site go, but it’s (quite luckily)
been my only experience with blatant fat-phobia from doctors.
To preface, I’ve always had some trouble breathing, especially at night. I had my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was 12, but still have some trouble breathing through my nose sometimes, and have been known to breathe heavily at night, though I don’t actually snore. Also, though I’m “overweight” as an adult (5’4″ and 170 lbs now – 155 lbs when this story took place), I was actually very thin as a child and still had these
I used to live in Los Angeles and had a primary care doctor at a very well known and respected hospital in the city. I was living with my boyfriend at the time, who had started complaining about my heavy breathing at night. At my next physical, I mentioned this to my new doctor and asked if there was anything I could do about it.
Without even looking at my medical records, she looked me up and down and said “oh, that will go away when you lose all the weight.”
At the time I wanted to lose weight, though I also knew that I was healthy regardless. I’ve since realized (with the help of a new GP and wonderful, HAES-friendly nutritionist) that 155 lbs was a perfectly acceptable weight for me, and I really had no weight to lose.
If this is the worst I’ve gotten, I consider myself lucky, though.