Saturday, May 05, 2012
This is a really horrifying blog full of stories about the healthcare profession and its hatred of fat people:
Oh god, I can relate to the stories written on this blog. So, so much. Every illness I have ever had has been attributed to my weight at one time or another. Diabetes? Yep, that's because you're fat. All right, I'm willing to concede there may be some relationship there, though I think my obesity is more a symptom of my diabetes than the cause of it. But my doctors blame EVERYTHING that's wrong with me on my weight. Even stuff that is clearly not associated with my weight, like sinus infections and hair loss that turned out to be a side effect of a medication I was taking for a non-weight-related reason. It doesn't matter what's wrong with me or what will ever be wrong with me, the first conclusion that doctor jumps to is it's related to my weight. And more often than that, he won't look into things any further. It scares the life out of me when I think about what that could mean for my health down the road.
On a related note, I work with doctors every day in my line of work. I've listened to literally thousands of them talk about their opinions about different drugs/medical devices and the patients who use them. I have never heard any group of patients for whom doctors have more contempt than diabetics, and especially type 2 diabetics. Two comments that will stick with me forever are:
"We call type 2 diabetics HONDAs. That stands for hypertensive, overweight, non-insulin dependent a**holes."
"You have to feel sorry for patients who have type 1. I mean, unlike the patients with type 2, the type 1s did nothing to deserve having the disease."
No one -- NO ONE -- "deserves" to have diabetes, doctor. I don't care how damn much that person weighs. This is a horrible disease, with horrible consequences, and to say that someone "deserves" it is incredibly awful, rude, and just plain sick. These are the professionals we are supposed to entrust to take care of us, and instead of viewing us as human beings, we are viewed as nothing more than overweight a**holes who deserve to be sick and die early. Their contempt is nearly palpable, and based on the stories on the FDHN blog I linked to above, in some cases it actually IS palpable.
Ugh. It makes me so MAD.
One thing about this blog made me giggle, though. One entry refers to the standard (and tired) advice to "eat less and move more" as the "Nightmare on ELMM Street." LOL!