- Lady Boo went to a medical center to ask for psychological help and was given slimming pills.
“When you’re okay with anxiety, you’re going to say ‘I’m not going to eat so much rice or so much pasta,'” a nurse told her.
The young woman left the consultation with an anxiety crisis due to the treatment she received.
Lady Boo, a content creator who has managed to stand out on YouTube and Instagram thanks to her action for the ‘body positive’ movement, has received great visibility after sharing on Instagram a recent episode of fatphobic violence that he had to endure when he went to the medical center to receive care for his mental health problems.
LADY BOO’S STORY
The young woman appears crying at the beginning of the video after leaving the consultation. Back home, she tells what happened.
I know I’m not the only one this has happened to. This has to stop now,” she has said.
The young woman said that since the age of 14 she has been diagnosed with depression, eating disorder, anxiety and episodes of attempted suicide. “Now I’m going through a difficult streak, so I’ve been to see my doctor. I had not met her until now because I changed medical centers.
As soon as I entered the consultation I already felt judged with his gaze. I told him how I felt and my history. I wanted to be referred to some kind of specialist like a psychiatrist because until now I had only been offered medication. His answer is if he was doing well with money because some NEW injections had come out that help to lose weight”, he said.
After this surprising response, Lady Boo points out that the doctor referred her to a nurse.
“He said it was going to happen to me, something I didn’t understand because I went to ask for psychological help. When he marked the weight on the machine, she sighed, ”she says. Later, they told her that if she improved her “relationship with food,” she would lose weight and feel better.
The young woman includes some audios of her medical appointment where the tense conversation they have is evidenced. “I don’t know what it has to do with telling you that I don’t feel well with that I have to lose weight, that I weigh myself or the injections,” she tells the two professionals crying. The doctor and the nurse do not soften. “It’s for your health, we work like this here. You don’t need to cry. When you’re okay with anxiety, you’re going to say ‘I’m not going to eat so much rice or pasta anymore,’” they reply.
The problem of fatphobia in the medical consultation
The weight stigma that prevents many obese people from accessing preventive or even urgent medical care is nothing new. The host of the podcast Maintenance Phase, Aubrey Gordon, wrote in 2018 than when he mustered enough courage to go to the doctor but, “every symptom, from ear infections to endocrine issues, was attributed to my size and met the weight loss requirement.”
However, the issue of obesity has been on the rise, since it is a fact that with the increased weight gain and eating disorders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are likely to be many more people trying to adjust to their new bodies without medical support.
55% of patients with obesity reported having canceled a medical appointment due to stigma
According to A study55% of patients with obesity reported having cancmissed an appointment due to anxiety about being weighed down (even in contexts where the number on the scale has nothing to do with the medical issue that prompted them to make an appointment in the first place). place).
It turns out that our fear is the definition of justified: in a 2012 studya large and varied group of physicians almost unanimously reported “a strong preference for thin people over fat people or a strong explicit bias against fat.”
Fatphobia is in the movies and shows we watch, the magazines and books we read, the stores we shop at, seemingly in the air around us; But why is it also in medical schools and exam rooms across the country?
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