Friday, March 18, 2011

When Doctors Judge Their Obese Patients. How Do We Avoid This?

When Doctors Judge Their Obese Patients

David Katz, M.D..Director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center
Posted: March 16, 2011 08:11 AM

"I saw a patient in my clinic last week who came to me for ... never mind. I am now her doctor; she is now my patient. What happens between us is private and privileged, and none of your business.
But in one regard, this patient was a prototype of countless others, and that can, and perhaps should, be everybody's business. She was heavy. She was very, very heavy.... (cont reading)

The article above has sparked many discussions recently in the bariatric community. We were all over weight before our WLS and some of us still are. It is a harsh reality that many doctors judge us, make us feel unwelcome and research shows that bias from the doctors towards obese people often prevent us from getting the proper medical care we need!

I can ramble off many obese people who have chosen not to see a doctor for years now because their prior experiences have been less than comfortable. It is time to take action! you have to know that it is not ok to be treated this way! Doctors have to realize that we deserve TLC, especially C no matter what we weigh or look like!

Here are a few things you can do to prevent feeling less than human when you go to a doctor!!

There are lists out there of "fat-friendly" doctors.
There are also questions that can be asked over the phone that will tell someone whether their doctor is "fat-friendly". Ask if the waiting room has bariatric sized chairs, if they have a large blood pressure cuff handy, if they have plus sized gowns and what the maximum weight is on the scale in the office. Also how the staff reacts when you ask them to look up this information is a huge indicator of the feel in the office.

One woman I know goes as far as to get the doctor ont he phone and ask the doctor if she is comfortable touching fat people? No one likes to be diagnosed from across the room!

If you have any suggestions to add to this list please post below!
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