Friday Conversation: Fat Patient Pet Peeves

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When you’re a fat patient, you can be subjected to some ridiculousness at the doctor’s office. One thing that bugs the crap out of me is when a healthcare practitioner who has no idea (and hasn’t bothered to ask) how much I exercise or what I eat tells me that I need to eat less and exercise more.

Luckily I’m fully recovered from my eating disorder, but for other people this kind of thing can push them toward and eating disorder or push them towards a relapse. And regardless, it’s just massively irresponsible, and even if someone followed this terrible advice, it is highly unlikely to lead to long-term significant weight loss. Not only does this not qualify as ethical, evidence-based medicine, you can’t even see ethical, evidence-based medicine from here.

So that’s my pet peeve (well, one of them,) now it’s your turn!

What are your pet peeves as a fat patient when dealing with weight stigma in healthcare.