In these twisted times, it seems that there is a term for anything and everything that punctures the thin-skin of liberal snowflakes. One of them is what is called “fat-shaming” and it has come to be a major problem in the culture of victimhood.
It has gotten to the point where whiny liberals are taking umbrage with medical professionals who dare to point out that perhaps it isn’t healthy to pack on the pounds and are then accused of being discriminatory and hurtful.
One woman who was 5’4″ and 235 pounds when she visited her physician was particularly perturbed and claimed that she was “bullied” when her doctor chided her about watching what she eats and (GASP) had her undergo testing for diabetes.
She shared her “horror story” with health and beauty publication Shape Magazine.
— Shape Magazine (@Shape_Magazine) August 17, 2017
Via Shape Magazine “I Was Fat Shamed By My Doctor and Now I’m Hesitant to Go Back”:
Every time I go to the doctor, I talk about how I need to lose weight. (I’m 5’4″ and 235 pounds.) One time, I went to see my primary care provider after the holidays and, like many people do at that time of year, I had gained a couple of pounds. I told my doctor that this time of the year is especially difficult for me because it’s the anniversary of when I lost my husband. He told me, “Eating won’t fill the hole and make you feel better.”
I know that. I also know that I typically gain about 5 pounds in December and it’s gone by March. I’ve been diagnosed with depression, though I’ve never gotten treatment, and this time of year is particularly hard. A good doctor should talk about ways to treat the depression I suffer from—not tell me I shouldn’t eat my feelings or that I could be “so pretty” if I just lost weight.
The first time I was fat shamed by a doctor was when my primary care provider ordered a diabetes test. At first, I thought the four-hour test seemed reasonable. When I showed up, the nurse asked me why I was having the test done (my blood sugar numbers were in the normal range). I told her the doctor had said it was just because I was overweight. The nurse seemed skeptical. At that point, I started to worry that the test wasn’t medically necessary. Would my insurance even cover it if that were the case? (In the end, they did.)
I’ve always been overweight, but it’s only recently that I’ve felt this has blatantly affected my medical treatment. Before, doctors would mention upping my activity level, but now that I’m getting closer to 40, they’re really getting pushy. When this first happened, I was annoyed. But the more I thought about it, the angrier I got. Yes, I weigh more than I should. But there are a lot of other factors that go into health.
A couple of weeks after the diabetes test, I had an even more appalling experience. After visiting my local urgent care for a bad sinus infection, the on-call doctor prescribed cough pills, an inhaler, and some antibiotics. Then he treated me to a 15-minute lecture on how I needed to lose some weight. Here I was sitting on the table coughing my lungs out while he told me that I needed to eat less and exercise more. He spent longer talking about my weight than he did about the asthma inhaler he gave me. I had never had one before and had no clue how to use it.
At the time, I gritted my teeth and just listened, hoping to get out of there quickly.
Is this what it’s come to now?
Doctors are unable to do their jobs because some people demand self-affirmation instead of sound medical advice. The woman in Shape Magazine was 5’4″ and 235 lbs. which doesn’t take a medical professional to point out that she is morbidly obese which is going to adversely affect her health unless she gives up on the Twinkies and Big Macs and tries a salad or some veggies instead.
Snowflake nation even has a definition for “fat shaming” – it’s called weightism!
As a man who has had my own struggles with the bathroom scale, I too have often been hectored by my doctor on losing weight. But unlike whiny and fragile liberals, I take it in stride because he is only doing his job and as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention outweighs a pound of cure.
But liberals are perpetually put-upon and as neurotic as hell so it’s only natural that a doctor telling a woman who is on a collision course with a massive heart attack that she needs to go on a diet and start exercising is a mean and nasty bully who is cruelly picking on her.
Somebody call the Waaahmbulance!