Martina Donkers suffered from knee pain for many years before she found out it was a treatable condition not related to her weight.
This article highlights how seeing fat as the reason behind so many physical ailments hurts women.
I can’t help but think that there’s a whole lot of physical pain I could have avoided if any of the medical professionals I saw had considered the fact that I might have a sporting injury. And I can’t help but wonder if the reason they didn’t has to do with my weight. When doctors looked at me, they didn’t see a girl who danced, cycled, and played team sports.
They saw a fat girl — and they based their diagnosis on stereotypes about what that meant. I’m 29 now, and my knees no longer hurt. I don’t need them replaced — but if I’d listened to the weight-prejudiced opinions of my doctors, I might have.