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April 14, 2012



For the record, I have also met many compassionate medical professionals who would never dream of making someone feel bad because of their weight. My primary care physician for many years, Dr. Kevin Stephens, was one of these. He was always both kind and frank, and without his help I never would have defeated my Type II Diabetes.


I've heard and read about the stories of medical professionals making fun of obese people, especially when they are sedated and in for surgery. It is really sad and unprofessional. Skinny does not mean healthy! I wish people understood that.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Self esteem must come from within coz the world out there usually judges on the outside. Everyone's free to be healthy and we can be. Cheers.


Good point, Susan. It is dangerous. And knowing you, if someone like you couldn't get the doctors to listen to you, well, they just aren't going to listen to anyone.

Jennifer, it's true. Skinny does not necessarily equal healthy. I have always been strong, although now that I train specifically I am much stronger and fitter even at a heavier weight. That doesn't mean I don't want to weigh less, but I do think fitness and overall health should be the goal, not fitting into a size whatever. ;)

Susan Threadgill

This sort of "profiling" by the medical profession can be dangerous as well as demeaning. I went to the ER with severe abdominal pain that I thought was probably kidney stones. At the time, I weighed in the neighborhood of 250 pounds. The ER staff ran some tests, kept me for hours, and asked me no less than five times if I could be pregnant. It seems that the recently aired 20/20 episode about fat women who showed up at the ER only to deliver babies when they didn't realize they were pregnant had made a lasting impression.

Finally, they decided I had a bladder infection and sent me home with antibiotics. When I returned to the same hospital three months later with the same pain on the other side of my abdomen, they finally did the tests that revealed my condition: two tumors the size of grapefruit on my ovaries. It is only by the grace of God that I am still here. Those doctors certainly had very little to do with it.


I understand that extra weight brings extra health risks, but I think doctors and well-meaning friends should look at the big picture, think before they speak, and carefully choose their words.

I am technically morbidly obese, but I am very active and my blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels are very good. There is a lot of muscle under this fat. In many ways I am far healthier than when I weighed significantly less. Yes, I'm working on getting rid of the extra weight, but even with it, I am a good, intelligent, talented person.

Thanks for your words of encouragement and inspiration.


Ma brava!

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