Fascist Health Care: We only operate on people
who don’t need operations?
A new policy in England, an NHS ban on surgery for people who are obese.
And while it isn’t an official policy in the rest of the world, there is a growing movement among doctors to refuse services to fat patients. The refusal to treat people who are overweight is a serious problem even when it isn’t overt public policy.
I’m Fat. I’ve been chunky all my life, and between diabetes and fibromyalgia (which makes exercise very difficult and dangerous), I’ve recently crossed that threshold where doctors don’t just suggest I lose weight, but actively refuse to treat any aspect of my health care needs and make outlandish, dangerous and uninformed suggestions, often starting with the sentence “I’m not a nutritionist, but…” (But then STHU!) If you’re not a nutritionist, giving nutritional advice is very dangerous. If you’re not even going to ask me what I eat, telling me what I should eat is very dangerous.
It’s a safe bet that anyone who is my age (58) has tried every diet, diet pill and diet strategy to the point of self harm. I’ve found a regimen that works for me, that balances my limited strength, finances and dietary needs. Very few people eat a diet as healthy as mine. My partner, Andy lost 80 pounds and has kept it off for over a year, eating almost as healthy as I do. I haven’t lost a pound. I struggle with diabetes and fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia makes exercise difficult because it makes me more incapacitated. There is nothing I can do about my weight EXCEPT try a series of extreme and unhealthy practices to attempt to conform to a societal standard that I just can’t achieve.
While I am no longer a smoker, my first cigarettes were given to me as samples, handed out on the streets of Philadelphia. I was 13. I don’t know if people should be held responsible for the consequences of addictions they were introduced to by the corporations who manufacture that poison, or how much control people have over addictions. Interestingly, this policy doesn’t extend to alcoholics or drug addicts.
This is an ableist death sentence.
“”One of the most popular explanations is that fat people get more aggressive treatment than thin people, because their weight raises red flags at the doctor’s office. This seems questionable: studies show that overweight and obese people tend to avoid doctors, get fewer preventive screenings, and receive worse treatment because they’re often misdiagnosed as “fat” rather than with a specific medical condition.””
Scientists now think that being overweight can protect your health
- “Dieting does not meet the criteria for ethical, evidence-based medicine. But as studies like Matheson et. al, Wei et. al., and the Cooper Institute Longitudinal Studies show us, focusing on our actual health, and allowing our bodies to settle at whatever weight they settle, is a far more evidence-based health practice than trying to feed our bodies less food than they need in the hopes that they’ll eat themselves and become smaller, and that somehow the result will be improved health.”
An Open Letter To James Corden From A Fellow Fat Person
Watch James Corden’s beautifully honest response to Bill Maher’s pro-fat shaming take
- “When the culture and the medical world are constantly pushing the idea that “obesity” needs to be eliminated, it’s not the fat cells that are feeling that stigma—it’s the fat people. This hierarchy of bodies is nothing new, with roots in racism, slavery and every other attempt to rank bodies. We can no longer pretend that being less likely to be hired or get promotions, being paid less, receiving biased medical treatment, being socially excluded and bullied are attempts to help people “be healthier.” These are the direct consequences of living in a culture that vilifies and fears fat bodies and that treats the people living in them as morally lesser beings.”
“Negative words—“noncompliant,” “overindulgent,” “weak willed”—pop up in their medical histories with higher frequency. In one study, researchers presented doctors with case histories of patients suffering from migraines. With everything else being equal, the doctors reported that the patients who were also classified as fat had a worse attitude and were less likely to follow their advice. And that’s when they see fat patients at all: In 2011, the Sun-Sentinel polled OB-GYNs in South Florida and discovered that 14 percent had barred all new patients weighing more than 200 pounds.”
Everything You Know About Obesity is Wrong
NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese
5 Reasons Why Everything You Think You Know About Obesity Is Wrong (Or At Least Really Shady)
In treating obese patients, too often doctors can’t see past weight
Horrible New Medical Guidelines for Fat Patients
- Low and behold, a higher BMI may even mean that we’re healthier than if we were thinner, as long as health conditions related to weight ARE addressed!
Does Putting On A Few Pounds Help You Cheat Death?
How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat
For years doctors have and continue to promote a diet regimen unsupported by evidence or research. They told us to eat this way!
- Black Lives Matter
- DISability inclusion always, all days, every way
- LGBTQIAA affirmative
– Lilla Watson, Aboriginal Activist
- Gender justice
- Free Palestine
- Refugees have right of passage & right of return
- Antisemitism is racism
- Fat is a DISability issue
- The only safe borders are open borders
- U.S. out of North America (yeah, you read that right)
- Indigenous rights now
- Universal human rights
- Universal humanity
- Workers’ Rights
- A woman’s place is in the world
- Trans sisters are women
- LOS MARINES NO PASARAN!
- DIALOGUE MATTERS
- HONOR THE TREATIES
- No ban, no Wall!
- IF IT ISN’T INTERSECTIONAL IT ISN’T CLASS STRUGGLE
- CLASS STRUGGLE IS KNOWING WHICH SIDE OF THE FENCE YOU ARE ON, CLASS ANALYSIS IS KNOWING WHO IS THERE WITH YOU (anonymous poster c 1970)
- Socialism the means of production
- Honor youth
- Respect your elders!
- Age in place!
- No means no!
- Radical consent!
- Healing is a community issue.
- Health care is a human right
- No blood for oil
- No U.S. imperialism
- Prison abolition
- No torture
- Bullying is bigotry
- Solidarity not charity
- Exclusion serves the oppressor. Inclusion serves the struggle
- Nothing without all of us: Justice not just us.
- Housing, education, health care are basic human rights
- Honor the earth
- physical beauty isn’t a virtue
- Down with white supremacy
- Don’t cross a picket line
- Fight the labor aristocracy
- Nothing changes without a complaint
- Never Again
- Never Again Anyone
- I remember the Armenian Genocide
- Jihad means struggle.
- This is my jihad…
If I left you out, let me know, because none of us is free unless all of us are free.
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On ableist language, the words we
use and alternative discourse
First posted on the Facebook page of Radical DISability, expanded and maintained here.
This is a work in progress of a collection of links on ableist language, with the most recent additions on the top of the page.
When we give up ableist language we leave room for actual analysis and discourse. Ableist language is essentially supremacist, so if we’re really fighting for social justice, stigmatizing people with cognitive, physical or emotional DISabilities not only perpetuates the marginalization of DISfolx, but also obscures the real problem with what every behavior or ideology we’re calling out. For example, when we say “Stupid White Men”, we not only disparage people with cognitive DISabilities, we also give capitalism, imperialism and institutional racism and sexism, a pass. We fail to provide real analysis, and instead resort to lazy name calling. When we CALL IT WHAT IT IS, instead of using ableist slurs, we actually provide the possibility for deconstructing systems of oppression instead of simply rebranding bigotry to fit one’s own entitled supremacy based on superior intellect or ability.
Stay tuned. More to be added in the future!
Or: Who Brought Girdles Back?
All the plus models are young, all the older models are thin and some of us wear flats! So what’s up with the heels and the spanx? Our grandmothers wore girdles. We gave up that shit in the 60s and now the fashion industry is convincing an entire generation of young women to bring them back.#spanxaregirdles #nospanxnothanx #heelsdontdefinebeauty#wecantalllooklikejanefondalillytomlindianekeatonandkateysegal #pantsuitsareugly What do women of a certain age wear? Plus Model Magazine????
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