This is Thin Privilege

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Thin privilege is knowing when your doctor/nurse takes your blood pressure, they are likely to be doing it correctly. Fat people need to have pressure taken with a large cuff. Until I read about it online, NO doctor or nurse had offered or used one on me. Now that I know, I ask for the large cuff every single time because a cuff that’s too small will give falsely high readings. I’m convinced at least part of the “fat people must have high blood pressure” crap comes from this. Medical caregivers either don’t know or don’t care enough to do what we actually need. We should not have to tell them how to do the basics of their jobs properly.


  1. antithesisofbunnies reblogged this from iateglitterforbreakfast and added:
    This is important shit to know!
  2. quickiekissit reblogged this from iateglitterforbreakfast and added:
    i hate the word obese but UGH GOD THIS IS AWFUL
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  7. bpddontheside reblogged this from imsarahcate and added:
    I’ve never had a problem with high BP (actually I’m usually low) but the small/regular cuffs frequently leave thin...
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  9. surrealthemuse said: I’ve had one of the automatic machines go so tight on me that I have a mini panic attack every time I have to use one now, and always leads to false results.
  10. imsarahcate reblogged this from agreekdoctor and added:
    Also, (especially since so many of us go in expecting to be misdiagnosed, misheard, or poorly treated anyway) don’t...
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