Tapati (tapati) wrote,

"I worry a lot about what people will think of me as a fat doctor."

On being a fat medical student, at the start of our metabolism module


I am always aware of my fatness, but perhaps more so here at medical school. We are training to work with bodies, and mine is a type of body we warn our patients not to have. It is the first thing described in every list of ‘modifiable risk factors’. A colleague suggests “just don’t let yourself get too fat” as we talk about preventing a certain type of cancer. A final exam question asks us to list four poor health outcomes associated with obesity. I sit through lectures with slides that have sniggering titles like “how BIG is the problem?”
Tags: bias, doctor, fat acceptance, fat phobia, health care, looksism

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