The Obese Are more inclined to Discriminate Against… The Obese

 

COVID 19 and Obesity

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Why Weight Discrimination Persists In The U.S. Workplace

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Response to Discrimination Against the Morbidly Obese

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The Obesity Bias

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The Very Real Consequences of Weight Discrimination

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Being “discriminated against” is something I don’t even like to say, however, it is the best word that fits. In fact, when you think lazy, weak-willed and stupid, an obese person usually comes to mind. So it’s no wonder that we are quick to judge others that are not as “evolved” as us. Weight discrimination was associated with becoming obese between baseline and follow-up: Among participants who were not obese at baseline, those who reported weight discrimination were approximately 2.5 times more likely to be obese by follow-up than those who did not report weight discrimination (see Table 1).

This effect was specific to weight discrimination; the other types of discrimination were largely unrelated to reported obesity. Individuals who were obese at the first survey were three times more likely to remain obese if they had been discriminated against because of their weight. Other types of discrimination (i.e., based on sex, age, race, etc.) showed no effect on weight. Some studies show that obese women encounter more discrimination than obese men. Scientists at the University of Exeter have found evidence that simply being a more overweight woman leads to lower.

The discrimination tends to increase with weight — severely obese people were more than 100 times as likely to report workplace discrimination. More on weight discrimination: Doctors and nurses tend to discriminate against overweight patients as well. One study found that about one-fourth of nurses reported being “repulsed” by obese patients. BACKGROUND: The workplace is one of many areas of life where obese people are unfairly treated. According to the literature obese women are particularly susceptible to discrimination in employment.

There is a lack of polish researches of this subject. Are more tolerant toward obesity B. Have body dissatisfaction at lower weights C. Have less pressure to be thin (e.g., job interviews) discriminate against obese job applicants primarily because of employment managers’: A. Implicit weight prejudice A. HIV/AIDS is more likely to be transmitted through homosexual than heteerosexual sex. The majority of adults in this country are overweight or obese, and bias against them is demonstrably increasing. Research shows weight discrimination has increased by 66 percent in the past decade and is, by some estimates, as prevalent as racial discrimination. Discrimination against fat people is so endemic, most of us don’t even realise it’s happening May 9, 2018 5.12am EDT.

Angela Meadows, What is more, fat stigma is so. Discrimination against people who are obese is as common as that against minorities. Moreover being overweight has been proven to affect one’s salary.

Routinely, an obese person’s experience includes being excluded from certain activities, passed over for promotion and being the butt of unrestrained joking.

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Obese individuals may also suffer from social stigmatization and discrimination.

“Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: The Evidence Report” by Expert Panel on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults (U.S.), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (U.S.), National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
from Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: The Evidence Report
by Expert Panel on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults (U.S.), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, et. al.
National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1998

Several places in the United States have taken the plight of fat people who suffer discrimination more seriously, with Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Santa Cruz and San Francisco, California, offering anti-size discrimination statutes for protection.

“Encyclopedia of Disability” by Gary L Albrecht, Sharon L. Snyder, Thomson Gale (Firm), Jerome Bickenbach, David T. Mitchell, Sage Publications, Walton O. Schalick, III
from Encyclopedia of Disability
by Gary L Albrecht, Sharon L. Snyder, et. al.
SAGE Publications, 2006

Those with obesity are also more likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, gallbladder disease, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

“Alters and Schiff Essential Concepts for Healthy Living” by Jeff Housman, Mary Odum
from Alters and Schiff Essential Concepts for Healthy Living
by Jeff Housman, Mary Odum
Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, 2015

By excluding all but the extremely obese, these statutes deny protection in contexts where the discrimination is most likely to be irrational—cases in which moderate obesity or overweight does not compromise job performance and impair major life activities.

“The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law” by Deborah L. Rhode
from The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law
by Deborah L. Rhode
Oxford University Press, 2010

Obese people are also more likely to face discrimination in the work environment (Allon, 1982) and have more difficulty obtaining employment (Roe & Eickwort, 1976).

“Comprehensive Handbook of Cognitive Therapy” by Hal Arkowitz, L.E. Beutler, Karen M. Simon
from Comprehensive Handbook of Cognitive Therapy
by Hal Arkowitz, L.E. Beutler, Karen M. Simon
Springer US, 2013

Overweight people are also more likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, gallbladder disease, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

“Essential Concepts for Healthy Living” by Sandra Alters, Wendy Schiff
from Essential Concepts for Healthy Living
by Sandra Alters, Wendy Schiff
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2005

Obese individuals can suffer terribly from both direct discrimination and less overt behaviors (e.g., teasing and social exclusion) that arise from weight-related stigma.

“Handbook of Obesity, Two-Volume Set” by George A. Bray, Claude Bouchard
from Handbook of Obesity, Two-Volume Set
by George A. Bray, Claude Bouchard
CRC Press, 2019

Obesity is also associated with social stigma, discrimination, absenteeism, lost wages, and lower work productivity.

“Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition” by Thomas A. Wadden, George A. Bray
from Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition
by Thomas A. Wadden, George A. Bray
Guilford Publications, 2019

Overweight and obese individuals are vulnerable to negative societal attitudes, stigma, and prejudice.

“The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery” by Ninh T. Nguyen, Stacy A. Brethauer, John M. Morton, Jaime Ponce, Raul J. Rosenthal
from The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery
by Ninh T. Nguyen, Stacy A. Brethauer, et. al.
Springer International Publishing, 2019

However, because no federal laws currently prohibit discrimination against the obese, weight-based discrimination continues to flourish.

“Encyclopedia of Social Problems” by Vincent N. Parrillo
from Encyclopedia of Social Problems
by Vincent N. Parrillo
SAGE Publications, 2008

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  • I had to do many of the tasks that belonged to my teachers aide because she was morbidly obese and didn’t move fast, couldn’t get on the carpet with students, use a step stool etc.. in an emergency, they can be a serious problem to themselves and others.

  • This is such a red herring. Why don’t people consider this a health issue and not an employment issue and do something about losing weight?

  • A few years ago when I had to go to the doctor, near the end of the appointment, when the topic I was there for was finished, he asked me about my weight, and told me that I should lose 10kg at the time. I looked at him and said “if it was that easy…” so he sat me down and explained me a few things I should do in order to lose weight. He never brought up weight when I was there for something other than to generally check in on it. When I mentioned my goal weight he told me that I didn’t need to go that low, the weight he advised me to get to would be completely fine.

  • Eat mostly plant-based whole foods and drink liquid smoothies or juices (fresh ) for 2 days, 5 days eating 2 days liquid. Watch how fast you lose weight.

  • Your thoughts on the NICE rapid review of Vitamin D and Covid outcomes would be of interest of the 5 papers they chose to review, 3 appear to be based on historical vitamin D data from 20 years ago, in which they conclude there is not enough evidence of a link between vitamin D and covid19 outcomes!!.. I doubt vitamin D status from 20 years ago bears any resemblance to vitamin d status this year as it fluctuates. Also, they do not review the Indonesian or Swedish-Somalian observational studies.

  • Is it JUST the fact that people are obese? Or is it that obese people tend to have metabolic syndrome………hypertension, high blood glucose, hyperinsulinemia, etc? I’ve been keto for months and working out fairly hard. My blood pressure is 90/60, resting pulse is 60. I can spike my HR to 168 with hard training and HR is back under 80 in two minutes. Fasting glucose is under 90. Am I STILL at high risk just because I’m still 80lbs overweight?

  • they gained a kilogram? m8 that’s nothing, my weight fluctuates in the range of like 4kg, so if you did a study on me, with the right timing you could nail a 4kg weight increase, but it certainly wouldn’t be due to stigma.

  • I am obese and think I should qualify for Cocaine treatment to lose this weight. I was a skinny kid until given antibiotics for Strep, been fat ever since. I am 6 ft tall and maintain 245 Lbs for the last 15 years.

  • It also makes people less likely to want to go back to the doctor even when there is something seriously wrong. If people know they won’t be listened to then they will be less likely to try and seek help when they need it.

  • Why Weight Discrimination Persists In The U.S. Workplace? I’m 90% of the way through and this video hasn’t even attempted to answer this. This video should be called “social stigma of fat”. Thumbs down

  • There are a lote of camels being sick currently in Africa nobody is doing research maybe it mutated in camels again. Just like mers?

  • I’m so happy this is being talked about. I’ve been told to just “lose weight” when my issues were actually life and death. It affects my mental health as well

  • Unless you have Prader-Will syndrome (the genetic disease where you literally eat yourself to death as you can’t feel satisfied after eating), then yes, being obese does come down to healthy life choices and self control. Oh I’m sorry, you have a hormone disease like Cushings? Guess what, there is a treatment for that. Also for diabetes. What we don’t have treatment for is Prader-Will. And laziness. And nope, health at every size doesn’t exist, body fat has been directly linked with inflammatory diseases, heart problems, high blood pressure and infertility.

  • Im severely underweight,, and it’s causing serious issues in my day to day life.
    Yet when I want to address it and take it seriously, they take 1 look at me and say I look normal weight. I imagine it’s the same when someone comes in with serious health issues and it’s blamed on their weight and they dismiss their symptoms entirely. It’s tiring being denied help over and over.

  • During the lockdown, people were advised and then commanded to “stay at home” and not go out unless it was absolutely essential.
    Many deprived of essential exercise, vitamin D in some cases, snacking and drinking more often put on weight, and were put at risk. Analysis of data (King’s College London) from the COVID 19 symptom study app suggested that obese people are at greater risk of ending up in the hospital even if they are young. The data shows that up to 30% may have put on weight during lockdown.

  • obesity is a serious problem even in so called developing countries since rice will make you fat too.. can Dr John not sit so close to the camera as it is scaring the pants off the kids..?

  • The Food Pyramid is a lie; look around.
    Go LCHF and watch the weight fall off.
    Unsalted butter is nutrient dense and satiating.
    People on a HCLF diet eat too frequently because of lower nutrition from all those carbs. “There’s no such thing as an essential carbohydrate”.

  • Hello from America, Dr. JC. Thanks for putting so much time into this and giving us boots on the ground videos from around the world. The quiz brought a smile to my face. You’re a wonderful teacher.

  • Dr. Campbell, as with many others on this channel, I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts, hoping you are all staying well and safe. Please take care.

  • When a group of weak willed people get together and decide that its not their fault but that the society is at fault for them being weak willed.

  • I could see the concerns from both sides but there is also a limit to this. You cant just let obese people go do jobs such as Military, Police, Fire Fighter, or other such professions that being in shape is part of the job. Those types of jobs are have required physical standards that you must meet because you being in good health matters. Also in other forms of employment it should be more performance based. If your hiring for a job were there really isnt alot of hard manual labor then yes obese people can be compete more in that term. But if your a contractor looking for a new hire doing something such as framing homes are you gonna think the guy that is 200 pounds or the guy who is 350 pounds is gonna be able to perform better and make you the most money. If your interviewing for a position in your company are you gonna hire the person who looks like they take better care of themselves or the person who may look sluggish (and yes I know not all obese people are sluggish). Who are you gonna take a chance on? Ive met obese people that work hard and give it their all but Ive been obese before and I moved alot slower and struggled to perform certian task than I do now. So I can see where a employer could see the possible issue. The work force is a competitive market and you have to be able to compete with other people. People forget businesses are there to make money not support every person that comes along. Now im not saying they can abuse or mistreat obese people or that they shouldn’t hire them at all because that is not the case at all their are many great people that are obese that work hard. I was obese (430 pounds) and struggled in certain jobs, I couldn’t work as fast or efficient as other employees. I’m now 250 pounds and put more focus on taking care of myself. Part of America’s problem is trying to normalize something that shouldn’t be the norm. We as a country should be leaning more towards helping these people achieve a healthy weight and learn proper eating habits. Focus more on the real problem.

  • 07-09-2020 is my today. I do not know the Muslim, Hindi, Hebrew, Gregor, Mayan
    date for today. This is my today. Please say who, what, where, when, why.
    As long as you can.

  • Honestly, I don’t see why this is regarded as discrimination like race. People don’t choose to be a certain skin colour and they can’t change their colour. However, being fat is largely a lifestyle choice and it can be changed. I’d also make the argument that fat people usually are less productive employees; fatness is a sign of poor organisation (e.g. fast foods not home cooking), lack of effort (not exercising) and stubbornness (“I don’t need to change even if it makes me unhealthy”). There’s also the scientific fact that fat people are more likely to be sick and have a higher risk of medical complications (e.g. diabetes, cancer and heart disease) which can mean they will have to give up work or take sick days. This will cost the company money. If I had the choice of hiring a fit and healthy employee over an obese one of course I’m going to choose the one with the lowest risk to the profitability of my business.

  • And then you could say, “im really proud of the success I have had and I will keep going” and I bet she will say, oh honey I am proud of you too and she will apologize

  • As an obese person, all my life and have seen a dietician at the age of eleven within a hospital environment, I have become sensitive to these issues. I am now fifty-three and have been studying for a nursing undergraduate course. I have seen the most discrimination within the GP surgeries and it was directed mainly towards women, not men who seemed to have been helped the most with hormone therapy as well as other nutritional therapy. Women, however, were labelled as “mad”, “illusionary”, “angry”, “difficult”, “confrontational” and “time-wasters”.

  • The social and subconscious consequences are very real. To be fair though, symptoms often can have more than one cause, and it’s hardly fair to blame doctors for using a working assumption that the most common cause is the one at play.

  • You’re missing the people who are underweight which can be very unhealthy too. I have had several family members deal with bulimia and anorexia so have seen it first hand.

  • I was gaining weight for seemingly no reason. Told I wasn’t exercising enough. Had a thyroid cyst. Wasn’t caught until it got infected and swelled to the size of a ping pong ball. I also have hypermobility spectrum disorder and was told my joint issues were also from lack of exercise even though when I went to the gym and yoga twice a week for years and it only made my pain worse because I didn’t know I was hyperextending and causing massive damage.

  • I’m fat, you can say I’m fat, but please don’t ever call me “high weight” or “people of size”. I’m FAT. And it’s NOT good that I am, I’m trying to change that. Difficulties in finding shirts reminds me that I should not be fat, I’m thankful for that.

  • Please could l request a more in-depth analysis of obesity, if you see this please Dr. John. Many thanks.
    Learning the problems related to obesity and Covid-19 from your video’s, prompted me to get serious about my own weight. I’m happy to report l have lost a little over 2 stone since April. I’m still going strong and I’m working towards losing my third stone and beyond!!

  • I stopped going to the Veteran’s hospital for my physicals because i had two doctors there for two years who told me my injuries from my service were because I was overweight when I visited them, even though I was 170 when I was injured and only 210 when I first visited the hospital. At 5’8″ 210 is a healthy weight considering I work out. And yet the arthritis I live with every day is because I’m fat according to the VA doctors, not because I sprained my back, ran until my shins splintered, and carried my bodyweight on my back.

  • How is weight discrimination a thing when most Americans are fat? As a lean person, I get flack from my coworkers for not eating the donuts in the breakroom.

  • lol damn, it seems like biases even things that were thought to be hard to get rid of like racism get better because every time you meet a person of that race it is extremely likely to disprove your bias… I can’t imagine why that wouldn’t be true of fat people, could it really be that choosing to be fat also means you share other choices and attitudes as people who make the same choice, similar to how people who decide to travel might also be more adventurous in general…i mean you are born as all 5 of the other things, but one you do for yourself and is a learned behavior, i cant imagine why people would have a bias against that, its like having a bias against people who choose to leave the toilet seat up. totally rational.

  • This is the point I keep making with those in the US that want to go the way of Sweden! We in the US have a lot more unhealthy/obese young people!! And yes, I’m in the overweight really difficult to lose being premenopausal. But I’m trying. Luckily I’m still active though the extra weight means my joints hurt more. My blood work is excellent, thank goodness.

  • My friend is forever being told to lose weight to relieve her chronic fatigue syndrome when the weight is a symptom of the CFS! It’s like telling a person on the poverty line to just invest in a good property and they’d get some money!

  • Studies show that attempting to lose weight is actually bad for you if you don’t keep it off. Problem is, most people gain most weight back, which is worse for you than if you’d just stayed as you were. Our obsession with weight is unhealthy. There are better ways to fix this problem than shaming people. Maybe make healthy, whole foods, just as cheap, fast, and accessible as a fast food drive thru? Bc in our capitalist society, not everyone has time/energy to cook healthy food from scratch.

  • Gaining weight has only added to my DP and it sucks… especially since before, I was malnourished and it was like night and day for me. It’s so trippy needing to lose weight rather than gaining weight. I used to fantasize the idea of being an even 100 lbs (I’m 4 foot 7.5 inches in case anyone’s wondering)… now I’m 122 lbs. I used to be lucky if I was 75 lbs. Bodies sucks. If only I hadn’t been given crappy meds that made me gain weight and eat non-stop…

  • I often see it when mental health is being discussed. It’s true that gaining or losing weight will help your body (and so mind) work properly but people often forget that being underweght or overweight might be a result of years of mental issues. Some people just can’t eat when stressed enough. Some use feel-good food as a coping mechanism. Of course there’re also drugs that can mess up whole body

    You won’t hit a gym if you have a severe social anxiety. You won’t go running when getting up from bed is already exhausting

    My pro tip for all the people who don’t need an immediately body weight change: take it gradually. Maybe instead of two teaspoons of sugar add today only one and half to your coffee. Replace toast bread with an actual white bread. A sweet fruit instead of snack. Try a 5 min walk every other day. It will definitely work better than any radical diet on the long term

  • Can you please do the video of the obesity strategies you mention? I think your advice-even linking to research-will help viewers try different approaches which you’ve seen work.

  • There are a lot of bad doctors out there, but I’m skeptical of evidence based on patient questionnaires, because it may be that people with more difficulty loosing weight can be extra sensitive to perceived discrimination, even if it didn’t really occur, or can even have other characteristics that induce bad treatment.

    As a medical student, I’ve seen patients that were not making any effort, even small things like taking medication without collateral effects that will improve symptoms, and that can be frustrating for a physician, especially those that really take it upon themselves to make people healthier. I understand that “discrimination” and “perceived discrimination” are worlds apart, even though they are correlated, and no one should treat both as if almost the same thing just because of methodological difficulties.

  • i gained weight from meds and my time in hospital where I couldn’t really move a lot for two years and now im back to living but people don’t know that, they just think im fat. im trying to lose weight but it goes very slowly ��

  • I’m missing you Dr John, your balanced and informative daily updates have been a voice of reason in all the confusion. I hope all is ok. Greetings from South Africa.

  • I will never forget when a man told me he would support a second Holocaust if it eradicated fat people from this world. For all of the fatphobes, that man is who you support. You disgust me.

  • I really wish obesity’s relationship to obesity was talked about more often. It’s a shame that people prefer to play politics in the time of a pandemic. It this was discussed more often then it could save a countless number of lives, because Coronavirus isn’t going away anytime in the near future.

  • It is true a healthy friend,had cancer in the family, had to have more checkups than most of us. Her bmi was high because she was full of muscles which weigh more than fat. She was very physically active in her job and home. And had more muscles than most of us.

    Was told by one dr. “you are slightly obese”…. ( this was wrong!! ) She was really upset by this. She put on some weight.  And then put on more weight, and more.

    A weight loss company told her she had to lose 20 kg. At that weight she was quite unwell, weak, getting infections all the time. Struggling to do her job,… she put on more weight. She then started yo-yoing; putting on weight losing it putting it back on. This is the worst pattern health wise. Because it effects the heart and the bones and the kidneys.

  • Overweight and obese are words that make a favour to people in that condition.

    They become a burden to the health system and to the rest of the people.

  • Things are starting to change. The US Gov’t now recognizes obesity as disease so that’s a giant step. It’s still socially acceptable to use derogatory remarks to the obese, but it will change. It was too long ago that derogatory remarks were acceptable by society for African American’s and gay’s and lesbians.

    I would probably have said, yeah I was real big like your real old. Old age is not an excuse to be rude and derogatory. As for the comment below about wearing your feelings on your sleeve, I bet kayshyna would not feel this way if granny had dropped a racial slur on her. 

    Congrats on your success and let people known derogatory and condescending remarks are not ok. 

    African Americans and gay and lesbian community help fight discrimination for the obese. If it was not for law changes and executive branch enforcement of laws these same folks would be saying hateful,rude and derogatory things to you. 

  • You know what, I am fat and I can tell you from my own observation that I don’t have any decipline. The reason for such biases makes sense to me. If I can’t change my eating habits, I am also very likely to not change other habits. If I can’t work harder on loose my weight even when I know I it’s bad for my health, you could also assume I wouldn’t want to study harder for the exams upon me even though I know the consequences of bad grades. And you know what, you wouldn’t be far from truth either. The only reason I was getting reasonably good grades before was simply because of my gift for the quest for knowledge. But I know that I can’t keep on relying on it alone in university. But guess what, I am still watching videos after videos on YouTube for the past 2 hours now��

  • I believe people are inherently good. As with doctors, most are just trying to help and like with psychiatry, often it’s trial and error. Gp’s can’t run many of the tests specialists can, but if you can afford to go to a specialist to get further advice, do. I think most of the time, if you have a problem, considering a GP only has only so many resources, they want to see if weight loss will make a difference. If it doesn’t, they know to look into other options. if someone has a persistent cough, they aren’t smoker shaming if they suggest quitting smoking. Most GP’s are just trying to help and if you really are that concerned, get a second opinion. You have the right to insist on further tests. It isn’t right to get upset at a GP for not knowing what is causing your ankle issues (for example) just by looking at them. Maybe Gp’s also know many people have hypochondria and so don’t jump to conclusions and so look at step one, so as also to save you time and money in the event it is just weight related. It is also the patient’s responsibility to be honest about lifestyle and symptoms to give the doctor as much information as possible. In the same way most GP’s wouldn’t automatically send all people with a persistent cough to get a lung biopsy done for smokers. Unless you are willing to stand up for yourself, get more than one opinion, ask for further testing or pay for a specialist, a GP can only do so much. Most GP’s do want to help, but ARE NOT specialists and can only do so much, as they are the first person you will see. I once thought I had ovarian cancer because of simple hormonal problems, but I was convinced and my GP was sure it wasn’t, based on a brief observation, but I stood up for myself and insisted on further testing and he wrote me referral to a radiologist to test for cysts. If a person with a albinism goes in for because they aren’t feeling well after a summer holiday, is it discrimination against people with it to suggest using more UV protection? If they don’t disclose that they have a new mole on their inner thigh and get emotional because the doctor is using their condition as a starting point then never go back or call it discrimination, that’s why they may develop melanoma. The issue here is expecting GP’s to work on zero other knowledge than main symptoms that are commonly just weight related and then calling it discrimination. Has anyone ever watched House? You can never know exactly what is wrong without trying all the options. And lastly, if you do follow all the steps mentioned above and the doctor still refuses to help, go to another doctor for a specialist referral letter and lay a case of malpractice against the first doctor. if you are overweight with say, ankle pain, that cannot be explained by a basic physical examination and Ex-Ray and you either have no other symptoms, or you don’t mention your all your symptoms, lifestyle and diet, only an orthopedic surgeon can do further testing. Would you rather they try the most likely option, or expect you to cough up tons or money for testing that may be unnecessary?

  • I was a victim of weight discrimination that almost killed me. When I was 13, I was running track and sticking to a strict diet plan, but I was still gaining weight and I was getting more and more fatigued as the track season wore on (which is exactly the opposite of what should have been happening to me). My mother took me to multiple doctors, more and more as I began to sleep longer and longer (toward the end of the season I was coming home from meets around 5pm, I’d be in bed by 7pm, and I would still have difficulty waking up at 6:30am for school). Every doctor we went to told us, I need to exercise more and diet. Summer vacation began and I was barely getting out of bed. Constantly tired, and I had gained close to 70 lbs since the beginning of track season in early March. Then my mom took me in to see yet another new primary care doctor, a gamble really because she had just opened her practice and was fresh out of medical school. When she began her exam, she asked me, what I thought, was an unusual question, “Have you had the mumps recently?” I told her no, my mom passed her my vaccination card the school had given her, so she sent me in for an ultrasound on my neck and blood testing. As it had turned out, I had a goiter on my thyroid. My TSH (thyroid stimulating hormones) was somewhere in the 400’s. T4 and T3 both near trace in my bloodstream. She was absolutely shocked that I hadn’t been hospitalized for myxedema crisis. I had to take 500mcg of Synthroid for 3 weeks to get my thyroid levels to near normal before we could adjust my dosage. Even after medication, my numbers were still off, so I was sent to see an endocrinologist who diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. A few years later, the diagnosis of PCOS was added to my list of metabolic issues. It was so out of control that I’d end up in the ER regularly with burst cysts and anemia. I’d had heavy periods that would last for months, then it’d go away and stay away for months more. When I was 27, one of my cysts turned out to actually be a tumor, and I chose to have a complete hysterectomy due to all of the other issues that stemmed from PCOS. But a hysterectomy didn’t take away the insulin resistance, and no matter how much I diet and watch my carb intake, my sugar always teeters on pre-diabetic whenever I have fasting glucose blood testing done. All in all, I’m now 35, I’m disabled, and my weight varies between 200 and 250. And if I ever end up in the ER, I always get told about my weight, sometimes before the doctor does anything, and sometimes as a side note after I’ve been treated. And I always get a paper about dealing with obesity stapled as the last page in my notes that go home with me when I am discharged.

  • I grew up skinny. Still remain the same. I’ve be called “bean-pole”, “toothpick”, “red-hair step-child”, etc. And during none of them times did a person of the rotund variety step up and defend me.

  • Welcome to life..If you over 6foot3,you can’t be a Flight Steward,..Over 6foot5 you, can’t be a Fighter Pilot..Over 5foot11, you can’t be an Astronaut…END TALLaPHOPIA..

  • I had coworkers that were incredibly cruel because I am overweight. They actually major film of me from behind while I was sitting in my Cube, and panned up from my butt up and showed that film as a surprise to a roomful of 40 people. It was beyond humiliating. It didn’t end there and that was at MCI in Dallas, and most of the temp jobs and most of the jobs that I’ve had something similar to this level of Cruelty has existed. It’s actually something I still work on in therapy from time to time because it’s not just mean it’s damaging.

  • BMI Categories: 
    Underweight = <18.5
    Normal weight = 18.5–24.9 
    Overweight = 25–29.9 
    Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

    My BMI is 24.0. I feel like I could loose 10lbs thoughI’m only 5’4″. During covid I gained alot of weight. Most was welcome as I’ve always been underweight (100-103lbs). The medicine I’m on had a hand in my weight gain as well.

  • It’s really nice seeing videos about medical discrimination. I’ve seen it first hand twice in my life and it is the most horrible feeling. I once was told to loose weight when I went in for strep throat, like having a few extra pounds magically makes your throat get strep. I’m not even close to being obese just rocking a little extra padding so I can only imagine how it is for heavier set people. I also experienced it with a doctor who wouldn’t believe me that I was a virgin at 20 with an unpredictable cycle who was also bad at tracking my flow. He rolled his eyes at me and told me I didn’t need to lie! I refused the pregnancy test but they performed one anyways after lying about why they need my blood.

    It doesn’t matter weather it’s weight, color, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or what ever else discrimination has no place in the medical field. I work in it now, and understand not ever human is going to be a perfect specimen that you admire and/or enjoy but it should never get in the way of how you treat them both as a person or medically.

    Thanks Hank for bringing this topic up, I feel like it needs more attention.