Tapati (tapati) wrote,

Fat Patient's Obituary Calls Out Medical Bias

From her obituary:

“Her brief time diagnosed with inoperable cancer gave her mere days to live... A final message Ellen wanted to share was about the fat shaming she endured from the medical profession. Over the past few years of feeling unwell she sought out medical intervention and no one offered any support or suggestions beyond weight loss. Ellen's dying wish was that women of size make her death matter by advocating strongly for their health and not accepting that fat is the only relevant health issue.”


And then her death is added to statistics that fat people die earlier etc. Let's see what the statistics would show if we ever get comparable health care to that of thinner people. I'm not saying fat doesn't adversely affect my health--just that unbiased health care would improve the situation and not add deadly insult to injury. (Though without fat bias I wouldn't have spent my teens and twenties on a series of diets that also had a negative effect on my health.)

It's difficult enough to deal with illness without second guessing my health care.
Tags: bias, doctor, fat, health care, obituary

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