On the operating table, I was prepped for the procedure by a female nurse and a male doctor. When the nurse lifted the hospital gown above my abdomen, she exclaimed, "Look at that pretty flat stomach!"
I processed this statement for a moment. A medical professional had complimented me on my thinness, which was so extreme as to prevent me from having life-saving surgery, while prepping me for a procedure intended to help me gain weight.
To his credit, the doctor quickly snapped, "That's the problem!" but her message couldn't have been clearer.
Brilliant post and a must-read for anyone concerned with body image, body policing, and size acceptance. I have a friend who lost a lot of weight due to illness and got those kinds of compliments. Wasting from disease is never a good thing. It is not a healthy weight loss process. Most often, muscle tissue is being lost as well--including heart muscle.