I understand that it is their thing to encourage healthy living but I feel like I am not even given the chance for fair treatment and care. I shouldn't have to tell the doctor the treatment plan that I need. They should offer it to me. I don't need a lecture. I should be allowed to take care of my health without being fat-shamed. I wouldn't even mind if she had asked me if I was interested in losing weight or asked if I wanted to know more information. But the automatic assumption that it is my ultimate goal and will make all my problems go away makes me angry. Even after having me stretch (I can touch my toes) and demonstrate my mobility, she treated me like I was on the edge of death due to my size. That it was not even possible for me to live a healthy life in my current state (even though I am). That any issue I am having can be answered with a weight loss plan, of course without providing any proof or reason or even accessing my actual health.
I want to be treated with respect when I go to the doctor. I would like my doctor to genuinely care about my health and take my concerns seriously. I would like for the health industry to just consider that the answer to everything is not because I am fat. To look at me like a person and offer me alternatives and helpful options.
That didn't happen so I forgave the doctor for her ignorance, told her what I needed to feel better and left with my referral and probably a little more fear to go back ever again. Don't worry, I am more strong-willed and self-confident than that and I will be switching providers and continue to take care of myself and my health.
Please be respectful and don't post offending comments.
If you don't agree with the size acceptance movement, move on.