Fat and thin people can get knee issues that require surgery, either repairs or total replacement. Many fat people have been turned down for knee surgery. Fat activist Nancy Goddess had to have gastric bypass surgery in order to fix her knee.
A recent study from New York's Hospital For Special Surgery has said that fat people have the same outcomes as thin people when it comes to knee surgery.
"As long as they are medically appropriate for surgery, even obese people can have excellent results from joint replacement. Obesity, in and of itself, should not be viewed as an absolute contraindication to joint replacement," said Lisa Mandl, M.D., M.P.H.., a rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), in New York City, who was involved with the study.
I find it very disturbing to be denied a quality of life surgery. And guess what? Even fat people need their knees because the majority of us exercise and have to walk around day to day.
Her finding: 29% had been exercising for six months, 39% regularly exercised and 25% thought about exercising. Only 12% said they had no intention to work out. (Yes, those numbers add up to 105%. We're assuming they rounded up.)
I don't know how doctors think that fat people will lose weight if they don't have working knees.