The Medium writer known as Your Fat Friend consistently gives beautiful insight as to what it’s like to live in a larger body. In this article she provides many heartbreaking examples of weight bias in health care that have harmed rather than healed.
I read their stories as they came in—frank and heartbreaking tales, too often told by loved ones who survived the fat people they’d lost to misdiagnosis. Cancer, multiple sclerosis, thyroid conditions. And every time, the doctor’s recommendation was the same: “Just lose weight.”
Behind the need for a weight neutral health approach lays a literal graveyard of human tragedy. These stories will enrage you whether you’ve had your own symptoms dismissed or not.
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