So CNN has reported on something I have mentioned all along. That it is sometimes not fatness but poor medical treatment that causes health issues. According to the report, fat women, even as little as 13 pounds over "normal":
May have a harder time getting health insurance or have to pay higher premiums
Are at higher risk of being misdiagnosed or receiving inaccurate dosages of drugs
Are less likely to find a fertility doctor who will help you get pregnant
Are less likely to have cancer detected early and get effective treatment for it
The last one mentions cancer. Last November I posted a radio interview that included a doctor who thought obesity caused cancer based on a surveying of data from 4 out of 23 studies. Already off to a bad start, could even the results of those four studies be explained by this lack of screening and effective treatment? I'll bet it might.
This article itself isn't that fat positive. As it also assumes fatness must be the cause of disease and that fat people simply need to stop overeating in order to be thin and healthy. Bias comes not just from doctors who assume their patients are too dumb to lose weight but the fact that maybe fatness isn't always the problem.
Long ago I pleaded that there be health care reform that included a public option, (I am personally for single payer, I really think that people shouldn't be broken financially by health care costs) because fat people are often either denied health care coverage or assigned high premiums (sometimes even if all their blood tests were normal), but now there is no public option and the new health care bill in the senate is useless. According to Alternet:
A little-discussed provision of the Senate bill allows insurers to expand so-called wellness programs that allow insurers to penalize subscribers by hundreds—and even thousands—of dollars for not meeting certain "wellness targets," such as a particular cholesterol number, blood sugar measurement or body-weight target.
We are told we aren't healthy, but yet bias and insurance companies block our access to health care. WTF?