Weight, Weight, Don't Tell Me! My Doctor Thinks I'm Fat! - Page 2
Women are subjected to weight bias much more often than men. It starts when a woman may be as little as thirteen pounds overweight, according to those weight charts.(Designed by whom, by the way? Those Metropolitan guys, no doubt). When one woman, whose story is in the July 2011 issue of Prevention magazine, went to her doctor for a new prescription for her asthma, her doctor blamed her weight for the asthma and gave her a prescription for Zoloft, an antidepressant. This woman had lost her health insurance the year before, and though prior to that she had been an avid walker and bicyclist, her asthma had gotten worse and she found it difficult just to walk around the block. This patient found another doctor who actually listened to her, and prescribed her new asthma medication.
Some patients are refused treatment outright. One woman was refused a pelvic exam on the grounds that the doctor couldn't make an accurate diagnosis. Health care practioners are expected to be above the petty biases that affect the rest of the culture; however they are human after all. If your doctor is not listening to you, or showing a lack of compassion because of your weight, tell him or her how you feel, and why you are leaving to find another doctor.