Too Fat to See the Doctor 

I have been alerted to a fatphobia effect: women are canceling their doctor appointments on the fear that they’re too fat to see them. I can’t say this fear is entirely unwarranted. I mean, every single time I go to the doctor, I am lectured about my weight. I mean, why don’t you just refuse to see me unless I am a size 2? Would make you feel better? Oh, wait. That’s OVERT fat discrimination. You can maybe get sued for that. It’s too obvious. But, honestly, I feel like canceling the doctor and never seeing her again. With my autism, that would be comfortable, but it would also be unhealthy. But here’s the thing: my doctor hates that I’m fat. I don’t even want to go to the doctor anymore. I wish my health insurer would carry a doctor who was fat-friendly. Then maybe I would not dread going to the doctor.

I wonder if Humana offers fat-friendly doctors???


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Autistic woman in her 40s, bringing attention to issues that affect her and her kind.

2 thoughts on “Too Fat to See the Doctor ”

  1. I know where you are coming from.
    My wife is *large* but otherwise healthy, when she does have a concern she generally is hesitant to make an appointment and I believe it is because of her excessive weight.

  2. Cussed curists!

    On a second note – the thought occurs to me that it might be that this instance of medical person – as do many of them, perhaps even *most* of them – is reacting to more than your (and mine…), uh, heft?

    As in ‘autistic persons must be more-normal-than-normal in *this* way also’? As in Normdom *usually* has notions of ‘cure’ manifesting as ulterior motives whenever it has *power* over us? As in this smelly wretch is more concerned with maintaining his/(her) rank and reputation, compared to your health – and the chief way of doing so is by ***dominating*** you like a ***social predator***?

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