"What finally pushed me to lose the weight was because every single thing I went to a doctor for, got blamed on my weight," the woman shared.
Being on the heavier side seems to be a crime - more than actual offenses. People who have had no interest in you before are suddenly worried about your health. They will, out of nowhere, offer you unsolicited health advice and tell you that "you'd look so good if just lost some weight." It just gets so tiring after a point. Even when you go to a doctor for medical aid, some of them will point out that whatever illness you're going through is in your head and it will all get better when you lose some weight. Don't believe me? Maybe you'll believe this woman who had to lose 75 pounds so her doctor would take her seriously.
The distraught woman took to Reddit to share her story where she was shamed by medical professionals for her weight. I am 5'6, I was 210 lbs before, and am now 135. It took me a year to lose it all, but what finally pushed me to lose the weight was because every single thing I went to a doctor for, got blamed on my weight. No matter what her sickness was, the doctor always blamed it on her size. Severe cramps? Weight. Feeling sleepy during the day? Weight. Numbness in my fingers, headaches, memory problems, balance problems? Weight. For all we know, it could have been something else.
After her weight loss, she decided to go back to visit the doctor. I recently went back to my doctors, who of course applauded the weight loss and wrongly assumed all of my problems were gone. When I said no they hadn't, they immediately ordered an MRI, sleep study, and lapro, which they hadn't done before the weight loss. Question is, why did they not think of this before she lost all the weight? Evidently, there was something wrong with her and the test results are bound to shock you. The MRI found Chiari malformation, the sleep study/physical found out I have an oversized uvula as well as Narcolepsy, and the lapro found so much endo I lost both of my ovaries and a portion of my colon and lower intestines.
If it had been taken seriously a year ago, I might not have lost them. Sadly, the OP was not alone. One user shared: My foster mum was about 300-ish lbs so when she went to her doctor saying she felt exhausted, out of breath, and was getting weird allergic reactions to nothing, the doctor said you're just fat. Fair, but also she had always been that weight and the feelings and reactions were new. She went back a second time, months later, same result. Finally about a year later she stormed into the doctor's office and refused to leave until she got some sort of scan and blood work set up. Got all the tests done and: Stage 4 lung and brain cancer. You can be fat AND sick.
Another added: This is pretty fucked up, but apparently many radiologists HATE fat people, because they're harder to x ray. It goes beyond just making their job harder though, I've read crazy posts from radiologists online who absolutely HATE fat people and basically brag about treating them as subhuman, making them cry, etc. I don't even know what could be done about it other than broad societal change, but something has to be done, because often it's borderline malpractice if true. Maybe it's time medical schools start teaching their students a lesson or two on empathy as well, right?