Hi my name is Danielle and I wanted to submit a story. This blog has helped me to be a lot more aware of how anti-fat bias can impede interactions with health care professionals.
Three weeks ago my mother was in a car accident and suffered injuries to her feet and knees. One leg has swelled significantly and made it difficult for her to walk. She started going to a physical therapist for her injuries. This therapist told her that the best thing she could do to heal would be to lose weight, and he is requiring her to submit food logs to him so he can monitor her diet. I wonder how all of his thin patients recuperate from accidents. She has to see him three times a week, and every time she comes back more and more demoralized. Now he has started pushing weight loss surgery. What does bariatric surgery have to do with a car accident?
Another short story. I fell down the stairs a few months ago and have suffered back pain as a result. I never had back problems before. Now I can’t walk a block without experiencing severe pain. I put off going to the doctor about it for a long time because I knew she’d do nothing to help me, but it go so bad I had to seek help. Of course she said the only thing I could do for the pain is lose weight. She didn’t even bother with pain medication because weight loss is the only “cure”, and pain meds simply treat the symptoms. Now I’ve been fat all my life and I used to be able to dance and walk and run and wear high heels and I can’t do any of that anymore. I refuse to diet because I know that will make the situation worse, but I do feel trapped.
Thank you for helping so many.