01/10/2017

Social Justice Dieting: Fat Shaming To Blame For Obesity, Not Overeating And Lack Of Exercise

Trey Sanchez, Truth Revolt

Well, we’ve gotten to the point in Social Justice America where fat people no longer need to blame poor eating and lack of exercise for their weight problems but the bullies who have fat-shamed them.

The Obesity Action Coalition — yes, there is such a thing — states that fat jokes “remain a socially acceptable form of prejudice in American society.” This “weight stigma” is what leads to chronic obesity.

So, in OAC’s assessment, what causes obesity besides the occasional thyroid condition? Weight bias -- at work, at school, and even by doctors whose job it is to point out that losing weight will make you healthier:

Negative attitudes about individuals with excess weight have been reported by physicians, nurses, dietitians, psychologists and medical students. Research shows that even healthcare professionals who specialize in the treatment of obesity hold negative attitudes.

Bias may have a negative impact on quality of healthcare for individuals affected by obesity.

Research indicates that 46 percent of women affected by obesity reported that small gowns, narrow exam tables and inappropriately sized medical equipment were barriers to receiving healthcare. In addition, 35 percent reported embarrassment about being weighed as a barrier to care.

OAC offers many suggestions to doctors on how they can protect the feelings of their embarrassed patients. Here are some of them:

  • Wide examination tables, bolted to the floor
  • Hydraulic tilt tables
  • Open arm chairs that can support more than 300 pounds
  • Ensure 6-8 inches of space between chairs
  • Weight-sensitive reading materials [no health magazines, then?]

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