I am extremely lucky to have pretty much no serious medical issues,
and can’t compare to some of the heart breaking stories already on the
blog. However, I still feel subjected to fat discrimination, and am in
a position where I can do almost nothing about it.
I started getting my periods at age 9 or 10 and had them regularly for
a couple of years. Around 8th grade they became and less and less
frequent, and eventually more or less stopped all together. Now, I
spot for one or two days about every 6 months. Other than that, there
is nothing. I brought this up several times with my doctor and his
only diagnosis is that I am too fat, and if I lost weight they would
become normal again. This is on top of a slow but steady weight gain
that started at the same time, and is completely unaffected by changes
in eating or activity levels. The primary topic of discussion at any
appointments, regardless of the reason I went, is my weight. He has
recommended Weight Watchers as a solution several times.
I feel that something is wrong, and worry that because of his ignoring
any problem that might be there, I will one day be rendered infertile.
Recently my mother told me he said that if my BMI was over 40 (it is)
that he would recommended a lap-band surgery for me. I am 16.
I want a second opinion, but my mom agrees with the doctor that any
medical (mental or physical) issues I may have are due to my weight,
and won’t take me to a different doctor. I don’t know what to do. I’m
leaving for college in the fall, and hope to be able to find a
different GP there that will take my concerns seriously.