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Solid TV Report on Fat Health Care

DebraSY pointed me to a great report from the Kansas City Fox affiliate on fat health care. The story is surprisingly good, and it's available in video form - definitely worth a look.

The narrative here comes from Ann Pei, whose sister Joyce was denied proper care due to her size.

Studies have found health professionals spend less time with obese patients and view them as less likable and more emotional. Young doctors claim medical school are addressing the issue.

"They always taught us to confront our own biases, not just about obesity, but all chronic health conditions. Confront your biases. That helps you meet the patients where they are," says Dr. Veronica Anwuri with Saint Luke's Medical Group.

Debra also notes that Laurie Todd, the first person interviewed in the piece, has started a group called Stay the Course KC "dedicated to bringing out fat people who have isolated themselves, and getting them reinvolved in the community and with one another."

This is a really straightforward piece overall and I'm most impressed at the lack of negativity here. It's handled with careful consideration and yet drives the point home nicely. Good stuff.

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bonoist November 25th, 2008 | Link | A few months ago I was sick.

A few months ago I was sick. My AWESOME regular doctor was not available so I went to see one of the other doctors in the practice. As he was examining me, he noticed that I had a lot of muscle in my shoulders and back and he said in a very loud and surprised manner, "YOU WORK OUT!"

I responded, "Yes, I do. You seem awfully surprised by that." He turned bright red and didn't say anything else about it.

At the end of the visit, he started to leave and then he turned back to me and said, "I just realized that I have a prejudice that I was not aware of. Thank you for handling my poor behavior so well. I apologize. I have a lot of soul searching to do when I get home tonight."

If I hadn't been sitting down, I swear I would have fallen to the floor after hearing that!

eliza November 25th, 2008 | Link | Wow, that is a great story!

Wow, that is a great story! I'm glad that what could have been a sticky situation turned out so well.

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November 29th, 2008 | Link | bonoist, that was a pretty

bonoist, that was a pretty amazing story.

Also I found the news story from KC to be a step forward in the right direction. I know I/we should expect more but still I found it in our favor.

I don't know if any of you have had a fat physician but I've always felt such relief if I had and it's been very rare. A few years ago my primary took on a new associate and he was a large size fellow and I was so happy but he didn't stay there long and I have no idea why but I suppose I made some assumptions. moxie3

Netekay November 25th, 2008 | Link | My recent experience

A few months back, I had to see a doctor for a sinus infection and I could not get into see my regular doctor so I was sent to the doctor on call. This man walked in, took one look at me, buried his head in my file and basically read it from cover to cover. He refused to touch me, to look at me, to talk to me. He handed me a prescription and left the room.

I sat there for a couple of minutes not sure what to do. Luckily, I heard the nurse that works with my doc in the hallway and I called her in and completely broke down because I was SO angry. It was obvious that he treated me that way because of my size. She was livid and told me to stay put. A few moments later, I heard her relate the story to my doctor, who came in and did a thorough exam and apologized up and down for the treatment I'd received.

I found out a week ago when I went in for routine blood tests that the doctor I'd had that experience with was fired. Apparently he didn't like fat people or women and there were so many complaints against him that they decided to cut their loses. I just feel sorry for anyone who ends up with this guy. He was a real piece of work.

I am so lucky to have found a great doctor that I can talk with about anything but I definitely think there is a long way to go before we are all treated as equal. Thanks for sharing that video. It was very enlightening!

worrier November 25th, 2008 | Link | It was a good article. But

It was a good article. But did anyone else feel there was a bit too much "they" experience this and "they" feel like this? And not enough feedback directly from fat people.

Hasta la vista, baby!

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November 29th, 2008 | Link | The link to the text version

Worrier, much as I'm not normally a fan of Fox I thought they handled it quite well - they spoke to an actual fat person, raised the hitherto taboo issue of bias amongst doctors, and even spoke about the fat woman who died as a result of fatphobia humanely and as a person first (an excellent teacher) rather than reducing her to just another inevitable obesity-related death.

Whilst far from perfect, compared to this mean-spirited piece from my local BBC newsroom (no response from them yet BTW!) the Fox item is the acme of enlightened and sensitive coverage.

On a side note, wasn't it KC where the Mayor put the entire city 'on a diet' as a publicity stunt? I wonder what he thinks of a group aimed at 'bringing out fat people who have isolated themselves'.

"if you think fat people have no self-discipline, consider the fact that they haven’t killed you yet." - Miss Conduct, Boston Globe

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November 30th, 2008 | Link | Debra, I wasn't 100% sure,

Debra, I wasn't 100% sure, so thanks for the correction! As for my perception of Fox, I was going largely on my experiences of Fox 25 in Boston, which can be really quite biased (hence we tend to stick with the local NBC affiliate for news), but I'm glad to hear it's not always a given.

"if you think fat people have no self-discipline, consider the fact that they haven’t killed you yet." - Miss Conduct, Boston Globe

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December 1st, 2008 | Link | O/T - I don't know if it's

O/T - I don't know if it's been discussed but I thought people would be very interested to know that the Realize Band commercial has been changed. The woman who used to say "I dream of...kissing him under the Eiffel Tower" now says, "I dream of...flying to Paris with my husband." I guess it's supposed to be about airplane travel now. They must have heard some of the complaints, not that that improves anything about it. My apologies if this is old news; I only saw it today.

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