It’s unclear where exactly doctors lose their humanity and their impartiality. When a perfectly healthy and fit person complaints of something, a doctor will run every test possible in order to find what’s wrong. But, when an overweight woman, named Rebecca Hiles, complained for various symptoms, her doctors kept telling her that it was her weight that was causing all the issues. She was usually given some antibiotic and told to lose weight. She had reached the moment where she couldn’t walk up a hill without coughing uncontrollably and losing control of her bladder due to cough spasms. She had been suffering for 6 whole years until a proper doctor adviced her to see a pneumonologist in order to find out the root of her problem.
Rebecca had been fat-shamed by her doctors all these years when she was making appointments and complaining about symptoms that couldn’t be related to her weight. All of them chose to treat those symptoms as her weight causing her troubles.
She even wore diapers
She got to the point where her cough made her unable to control her bladder and there were nights were she spend hours in the bathtub next to a bucket, since she couldn’t stop coughing and vomiting.
A physician finally listened to her
A female physician finally listened her and her symptoms and adviced her to see a pneumonologist. Before making the appointment, a coughing episode sent to the ER, where doctors run a CT scan and found a tumor in her bronchial tube.
She had surgery to remove the tumor
Two weeks after her tumor diagnosis, she had surgery and removed the tumor, which was a black, rotting piece of dead tissue.
Her lungs could have been saved…
…if the diagnosis had happened five years prior the surgery. Hiles felt outraged for all these years, where doctors were telling her that it was her weight that was causing all the problems.
Doctors readily admit to judging fat patients
At a survey that was conducted back in 2003, more than half of the 620 primary physicians asked, said that they find their obese patients ”awkward, unattractive, ugly and non-compliant”.
53% of women feel that they are being fat-shamed by their doctors
In 2016, 45% of the women asked said that they have postponed or cancelled a doctor appointment because they wanted to lose a few pounds first.
Many fat patients are reluctant to see a doctor
A doctor’s job is to test a patient and find what’s causing the specific symptoms that the patient is complaining about. It’s not their job to judge their appearance and how pretty they look. Instagram does a pretty good job in judging everyone. Doctors don’t need to do that as well.