Being fat at the doctor
Is there such a thing as a fat female doctor? Like anywhere? Because I feel like they’d understand my situation a lot better and be a little more sympathetic.
Was just told by my doctor today that I haven’t lost “enough” weight, and when I expressed my concerns about why my health is getting worse even though I have been losing, she dismissed me. Even worse still, when I told her about my hospital stay last week, her response was, “well what do you expect, you’re morbidly obese?”
Right now I feel like less than dirt. I’m really tired of being just a number on a scale to medical professionals. My worth as a patient is determined by that scale number and it’s gotten to the point where I am terrified to go to the doctor because I know how I’ll feel afterwards.
Why am I dismissed by the medical profession? Why is the standard response to every issue “lose weight”? Why must I force myself on the scale to determine whether the doctor will bother talking to me or talking AT me?
Being female at the doctor can be a nightmare (how many times are you told “it’s all in your head?” I ended up in the ER where the attending physician called my doctor at the time and yelled at her.) Being fat puts it in a whole new atmosphere, as doctors like to blame everything on weight.
Have you seen the fat friendly health professionals list? I can’t vouch for any of them, but it might be an option.