29. Low femme fat lady of color. Living in a small town between a lake, mountains, and the Canadian border. Midwestern girl at heart. Always keeping busy.
Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight cut-offs for new patients starting at 200 pounds or based on measures of obesity — and turn down women who are heavier.
Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can’t handle people over a certain weight. But at least six said they were trying to avoid obese patients because they have a higher risk of complications.
-From a poll quoted in Lesley Kinzel’s “Real Quick: The Chicken and the Egg,” 5/19/11
The idea that my weight could preclude me from health services is bullshit. As someone whose weight hovers around 200 pounds, but also fluctuates up to five pounds daily, the possibility of refusal to treat depending on my weight that day is ridiculous. And for women well above 200 pounds, how does that affect screenings for cervical cancer?
Lesley does much better talking about this than my blind rage.
Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight; instead, bring a screwdriver
- plan In Sarasota, Florida, a man armed with a handgun walked into a gas station and told the clerk to empty the register. A fool-proof plan!
- problem The would-be thief fled before taking any cash when the clerk brandished…a screwdriver. Talk about calling someone’s bluff. source
I miss UYD’s “This Week In Florida” because it was nothing but stories like this.