Professor Claims Doctors Who Tell Obese Patients to Lose Weight are Engaging in ‘Medical Fat Shaming’

If you are a doctor, you are no longer safe from the liberal lunacy. According Professor Joan Chrisler — psychology prof. from Connecticut College — if doctors advise obese patients they need to lose weight they are engaging in ‘medical fat shaming’.

Yup. Forget the person’s life is at risk if they don’t drop a couple hundred pounds, we would hate to hurt their ‘feelings’.


Basically this professor is claiming that obese patients are told to lose weight by their ‘fat-shamming’ doctor, rather than them recommending “CAT scans, blood work, or physical therapy”, in cases of an “average weight patients.”

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This awful ‘shaming’, says this nutty professor, is “mentally and physically harmful,” and can stigmatize a patient, leading to a misdiagnosis.

Campus Reform reportsAsserting that doctors “repeatedly advise weight loss for fat patients while recommending CAT scans, blood work, or physical therapy for other, average weight patients,” she argued that “recommending different treatments for patients with the same condition based on their weight is unethical and a form of malpractice.”

Chrisler’s statement came during the annual American Psychological Association convention, where she gave a lecture titled “Weapons of Mass Distraction—Confronting Sizeism.”

“Disrespectful treatment and medical fat shaming, in an attempt to motivate people to change their behavior, is stressful and can cause patients to delay health care seeking or avoid interacting with providers,” warned Chrisler.

She also noted the additional “microaggressions” allegedly put out by medical professionals:

Implicit attitudes might be experienced by patients as microaggressions—for example, a provider’s apparent reluctance to touch a fat patient, or a headshake, wince, or ‘tsk’ while noting the patient’s weight in the chart … microaggressions are stressful over time and can contribute to the felt experience of stigmatization.

“Because of their apparent tendency toward fat-shaming, doctors ‘could jump to conclusions’ that a patient’s condition is obesity-related, and therefore ‘fail to run appropriate tests, which results in misdiagnosis,'” notes Campus Reform.

Such problems are only compounded for those who identify with additional victim groups, such as being poor, transgender, a woman, or a minority. These intensified stressful situations create a heightened “unfairness” which “can damage people’s health.”

“Fat shaming is a serious concern; girls have committed suicide after being fat shamed in social media,” Chrisler told Campus Reform. “Fat shaming from health care providers can also have serious physical and mental health consequences.”

She also admitted there was “no way to definitively prove causation for her claim, pointing out that ‘it would be unethical to do such an experiment.'”

“The Goldilocks Rule has no place in the healthcare system,” wrote the professor in the Fat Studies journal. “It is not possible to determine a person’s health status on the basis of their weight.”


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