14 posts tagged health care
I just had a nursing student stand in front of my desk and say to his female also nursing student friend “I’ve got something gross to show you” while pulling out his phone. I thought it was some nursing thing, I used to work in a hospital, I understand.
He then started to go on and on about how “sick” and “disgusting” whatever was in the pics was. Then they both start laughing about the picture and talking about how nasty fat people are. Another buddy walked by and he was showing the pictures to her, too. It was of a fat woman. He described her wearing *gasp* tight pants! And went on in detail about how you could see her *oh noes* fat rolls!
And there I was. Getting his papers together. Sitting there, being fat, listening to these future nurses talk about how sick and gross fat people are.
Fatphobic fucks like you are why people like me avoid going to the doctor.
Thin privilege isn’t being harassed by doctors when you try to get contraceptives (for whatever reason you need them) because you dare to be fat at the same time.
Woah. That is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks for sharing. To your doctor: You are awesome.
Honestly, why do you believe fat people with joint problems should be prescribed a ‘treatment’ that has a 95% chance of failure in the long term instead of being treated well and given options like therapy, pain medication, reconstructive surgery, etc — the options given to thinner people who yes, ALSO experience pain because they have bodies with more than zero mass that exert pressure on their joints?
This whole, “Fat is objectively unhealthy because JOINTS” is the last resort of healthists desperate to maintain their hatred and fear of fat people. Everyone with joint issues would technically ‘benefit’ if they had decreased mass. That’s physics. It’s only fat people, however, who are MADE TO ENDEAVOR (with the aforesaid abysmal chance of success) to lose mass in order to get treatment. And that’s discriminatory, and wrong.
Fucking healthists, man. I’m getting so sick of your repetitive narrow-minded pseudoscientific hate-laced bullshit. You aren’t superior because you imagine, based on how someone looks, that they don’t work out as much as you do, or eat the ‘right’ foods. It’s fucking absurd, and I’m just astonished at how snowed you have to be (indoctrinated, truly) not to see that hamsterwheeling ‘enough’ and nibbling out of the ‘right’ food bowl doesn’t make you a better person. It means fuck-all to anyone but yourself.
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Survival of the fittest is bogus in so many ways. Next time someone evol-psych fat shames you, or uses it to justify any other prejudice, I recommend calling up this thought experiment of David Deutsch’s
“ Imagine an island on which the total number of birds of a particular species would be maximized is they nasted at, say, the beginning of April. The explanation for why a particular date is optimal will refer to various trade-offs involving factors such as temperature, the prevalence of predators the availability of food and nesting materials, and so on, suppose that initially the whole population has genes that cause them to nest at that optimum time. That would mean that those genes were well adapted to maximizing the number of birds in the population - which one might call ‘maximizing the good of the species’.
“Now suppose that this equilibrium is disturbed by the advent of a mutant gene in a single bird which causes it to nest slightly earlier - say, at the end of March. Assume that when a bird has built a nest, the species’ other behavioural genes are such that it automatically gets whatever cooperation it needs from a mate. That pair of birds would then be guaranteed the best nesting site on the island - an advantage which, in terms of the survival of their offspring, might well outweigh all the slight disadvantages of nesting earlier. In that case, in the following generation there will be more March-nesting birds, and, again, all of them will find excellent nesting sites. That means that a smaller proportion than usual of the April-nesting variety will find good sites: the best sites will have been taken by the time they start looking. In subsequent generations, the balance of the population will keep shifting towards the March-nesting variants. If the relative advantage of having the best nesting sites is large enough, the April-nesting variant could even become extinct.
“This change has harmed the species, in the sense of reducing its total population (because birds are no longer nesting at the optimum time). It may thereby also have harmed it by increasing the risk of extinction, making it less likely to spread to other habitats, and so on. so an optimally adapted species may in this way evolve into one that is less ‘well off’ by any measure.
“Evolution can even favour genes that are not just suboptimal, but wholly harmful to the species and all its individuals. A famous example is the peacock’s large, colourful tail, which is believed to diminish the bird’s viability by making it harder to evade predators, and have no useful function at all. Genes for prominent tails dominate simply because peahens tend to choose prominent-tailed males as mates.
“If the best-spreading genes impose sufficiently large disadvantages on the species, the species becomes extinct. Nothing in biological evolution prevents that. It has presumably happened many times in the history of life on Earth”
The Beginning of Infinity, “Creation”, 89-92
I’d argue fat genes are some of the best-spreading among humans. And it clearly isn’t enough of a disadvantage to make our species extinct.
This argument is riddled with assumption fallacies. You get your basic premises wrong, and I would be arguing against a straw man if I attempted to refute them.
So instead, I’ll refute your premises.
Fat pregnancies aren’t necessarily less healthy than thin pregnancies, all things being equal. The thing is, they’re often NOT equal.
- Fat people are bullied and put under stress and told to diet (or not gain weight) their whole pregnancies. They’re told their babies will die or develop complications if they dare to be fat while pregnant. Fat people are told THEY will die if they dare to be fat while pregnant. They’re induced early because of ‘fat baby’ scares, then pressured to tie their tubes so they don’t get pregnant again. They’re pressured to terminate their pregnancies because, ‘No fat woman can have a healthy pregnancy.’
- Fat people are told their pregnancies are high-risk by virtue of them being fat. Bariatric obstetrics threatens to take low-risk care options away from fat women completely. Risks associated with ‘obese’ pregnancies are distorted and magnified.
- Fat people are often bullied into C-sections and/or denied access to alternative non-hospital birthing options like waterbirth.
- Fatness can be a symptom of an underlying disorder that might have an effect on whether or not someone can carry a healthy pregnancy. In many studies these disorders are assumed to be caused by fat, and the chain of causation is writ: FAT -> DISORDER -> RISKY PREGNANCY with FAT as the base case, when really it’s the DISORDER that makes the pregnancy risky.
Please peruse The Well-Rounded Mama for a more critical eye on the trope of fat high-risk pregnancies. The author’s posts are replete with references, so you can read the studies she discusses and references for yourself.
Fat people are having our reproductive rights threatened. We’re told we 1. can’t get pregnant and we won’t be allowed the same access to fertility services as thin people, and when we do get pregnant that 2. we shouldn’t stay pregnant, and when we stay pregnant that 3. we can’t possibly have a healthy pregnancy, and if we have a healthy pregnancy that 4a. we’re ‘lucky’ and should get our tubes tied so we never ‘run the risk again,’ and if we have an unhealthy pregnancy that 4b. our fatness caused it, no matter our other underlying disorders, family history, stressors, and the fact that not all thin people have healthy pregnancies either.
You’re young. You’ve got a lot to learn. I encourage you to start waking up to the lies you’ve been fed about fatness and health NOW, before they infect you any further.
Thin privilege is going to see a physiotherapist for a knee injury and not being being told ‘it wouldn’t have happened if you lost weight.’ despite never having this problem when you were 60kgs heavier and the injury actually being a result of overuse from 2+ years of hard work to lose said weight.
Thin privilege means your cancer will be properly diagnosed in time and the pain you’re experiencing won’t be dismissed by an asshole doctor who jokes about you holding weight in your stomach area being the reason you’re in pain, so the cancer won’t have time to spread. Thin privilege means that you won’t have to go months in pain because the doctors aren’t taking you seriously, so when your cancer IS finally caught, by someone who isn’t even a doctor, it hasn’t spread.
Ties into white privilege, which means every doctor will care about you and actually give a damn about you having cancer, and you won’t be talked over, or turned away from the Cancer Treatment Center of America, and you won’t have your treatments stopped by lazy doctors who simply don’t want to waste anymore time on you but instead come up with the BS excuse that the treatments weren’t working, even when they were. You won’t go ignored as you lay dying in the hospital, and doctors and nurses won’t decide to stop feeding you or even giving you water, because you’re thin and white so they won’t regard you as less than an animal and they’d rather starve you and let you become more dehydrated than properly care for you.
Oh, and should you die from cancer due to the negligence of the medical community, lawyers will actually take your family seriously when your family wants to file lawsuits for malpractice, and your family won’t be lied to and told there’s nothing that can be done.
Happened to my mom. Anyone who thinks thin privilege and white privilege aren’t real is an asshole. I will NEVER AGAIN trust ANY doctor. I hate them all, every last one of them. Mom would still be alive today if they didn’t all have a God complex and think anyone who isn’t a white twig doesn’t deserve basic respect and care. I hate all doctors and will NEVER forgive them.
“They’re not all like that.”
BS. Yes they are. They ALL are. I HATE THEM!!
Thin privilege is not being body shamed at a health clinic for being overweight and having gained 40 pounds after 7 months of pregnancy.
My sister, who was moderately “overweight” before becoming pregnant, was incessantly shamed about her perceived eating habits at her recent WIC appointment.
She is experiencing mild preeclampsia, which was brought on as soon as she entered her third trimester. This is a condition that does not discriminate against weight and can effect ANYONE, but because “obesity” is sometimes attributed to its cause (which is a theory and nothing more) the clinic nurse saw an opportunity to body shame and seized it.
This woman insisted that she must be eating poorly to have gained so much weight (apparently the recommended “healthy” weight gain during pregnancy is 25-25 pounds so is a mere 5 pounds above the norm really something to shame a pregnant woman over?) And also had the gall to suggest that my sister’s high blood pressure due to her preeclampsia must be attributed to her diet.
Before leaving, this nurse actually told her: “This isn’t the time to diet, but you need to watch your weight.”
None of her 5 other doctors had ever brought up her weight as an issue - BECAUSE IT ISN’T. But this woman decided to prey on an overweight pregnant woman and shame her, during a time when “watching your weight” should be at the bottom of the list of things one needs to worry about when expecting a baby.
My sister already blames herself enough for her condition, thinking she brought it all on herself (when she absolutely didn’t, she has maintained a relatively healthy and normal diet throughout her entire pregnancy). Shit like this just gives her more reason to be afraid for herself and her baby, when what she needs now is SUPPORT - not SHAME and more reason to stress.
Thankfully, my sister was able to see through this bullshit. In her words:
“I know I don’t eat badly - I obviously know that too much weight gain too fast isn’t good for me or the baby, but if I want to eat a fuckin Little Debbie snack IMMA EAT IT! This is what my body has decided to gain, to whatever.”
So proud. <3
When someone brings up fat =/= healthy or some other fat shaming “health” bullshit, I think about my mom. She’s 63. She’s also a beautiful, strong and healthy woman. She has some of the healthiest eating habits I have ever seen, she runs all of her errands on foot and has done so for most of her life (and her flat is on the second floor), if not for the pain in her joints, she could run a marathon, her heart and lungs are strong and her skin is glowing with healthiness. And she’s fat.
Thin privilege is not being constantly told your size and appearance is a medical issue that needs to be avoided and treated, while you are at work. Not being pressured to join WW and singled out among all your coworkers as diseased and defective. Not being part of a fucking survey to cure the world of people like you.
(oh, another troll submission! The hills are aliiiive with the sound of trolls…. As usual, my responses are in bold)
Fat privilege is blaming your weight on genetics.
Hate is ignoring whatever facts you need to so you can keep on stewing and…
You seem to be quite heavily denying my points. All you did was point out my typo. As long as your total caloric intake after exercise is below “maintenance” you will lose weight.
And yes, this is my concern. Fat fucks and malpractice lawsuits are the reason healthcare costs so much.
Note how the troll picks on the commenter who pointed out a typo and ignored my entire rebuttal so he/she can continue to hate, hate, hate. Not only are you terrible at math and physics and entirely ignorant about the science of size, but you also don’t understand economics and insurance markets.
The way health insurance is structured, certain regulations, Big Pharma, corporatism, and a rapidly aging population is why costs have been inflating, not because fatties are taking up more of the healthcare. You (and other fat haters) are buying the corporate/government propaganda hook, line, and sinker so corrupt politicians can continue to line their pockets with corporate cash and corporations can continue to profit off a moral panic. Congrats on being a good little sheep.
Thin privilege means going to any doctor you want and actually being treated for whatever ailment you came in with.
Thin privilege means getting a wellness check-up where your doctor does not immediately start questioning a borderline high blood pressure, and is willing to excuse it as “white coat” jitters. Thin privilege is not having “white coat” jitters.
Thin person, you are blessed enough to be able to go to any doctor in this country and not have the first question out of your chosen medical professional’s mouth be about your weight and what you’re doing about it. You don’t have to fear LONG, epic conversations on what you do eat, what you don’t eat, how much you exercise, what kind of exercise you’re doing, what you’ve tried, what you haven’t tried, and your complete lack of willpower. You don’t get to listen to your doctor drone on about how your weight caused/contributed to/is more important than the medical complaint you came in with.
You will never have a doctor assume that something with “congenital”, “early onset”, or “juvenile” in the name (congenital liver disease, early onset dementia, juvenile diabetes) happened because you are currently fat.
You will never be refused treatment for an issue completely unrelated to your size until you lose weight. Some real life examples include seizures, broken bones, psoriasis, and weak dental enamel.
You will never be denied a diagnosis because you cannot fit inside of the testing equipment.
You will never have to worry about a doctor being afraid to touch you because of your size. The “no touch” approach to gynecology means that fat women are way less likely than our thin sisters to be receiving life saving screenings and treatments.
My thin sister, you will never be forced to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound (a rod that goes inside your vagina) because the equipment is too outdated to get a good image of your uterus and ovaries in any other fashion. You will never feel the technician’s angry glare because he or she is forced to touch your genitals. You will never be fat-shamed (and physically violated) due to ancient, useless imaging equipment.
Thin privilege means not hearing nurses gossip about “that whale in room 4” because you passed the nurses’ station to get a drink of water.
Thin privilege means you are less likely to be receiving public health care, and more likely to have access to size positive doctors.
Thin privilege means not paying extra for private insurance.
And thin privilege hurts thin people, too. Society, and our doctors, tend to see thin people as healthy. Doctors may neglect to order further testing for thin patients with symptoms of illnesses that are traditionally seen as “obesity-related” (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, thyroid conditions, heart disease, high cholesterol).
Thin privilege is bad for everyone’s health.
(submitted by Stephanie de Haven)