This is Thin Privilege

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Thin privilege is not having to fight to get antibiotics when you’re sick.

Because, you know, the bloody scabs I was coughing up daily from the acute (bacterial) tonsillitis would seriously go away if I just lost 50 lbs!  (I’ve heard all sorts of ooga-booga-booga ills laid at the feet of overweight/obesity, but responsibility for a rampant bacterial infection is a new one, I gotta admit.)

Thin privilege is also not having to scream through a scabbed, inflamed throat the threat of initiating a malpractice lawsuit if the doctor didn’t write the script for the antibiotics.

I always like to make this analogy when explaining why a doctor, of all people, pre-judging a patient’s health problems as all stemming from their weight: it’s like me going to a neurologist for my migraines, and them telling me, without any tests or even an examination, that the reason for my migraines is because I wear glasses.

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