|Dr. Happy is using a speculum as fat calipers!|
I am proud of this piece. I am proud of standing up to my doctor when she fat shamed me and made assumptions about my lifestyle. I am also kind of glad that my next piece for them will be an inconsequential piece of style fluff, because being a health advocacy warrior is hard fucking work. I am ready to take a break from arguing with people on the internet and work on finishing my grad school applications instead (to become a health advocacy warrior with a shiny degree!)
I admit I am frustrated by the sheer number of fat shamey comments posted in reply to this piece, and the ways that people twisted my words to imply that I'm saying doctors should never ever talk to their patients about weight when it has a legitimate relationship to their health. But the whole "you are fat, therefore you are unhealthy, and any health problem you have is therefore a direct consequence of your fatness" shit has GOT TO STOP.
One awesome commenter was kind enough to remind me that it's not my job to change the minds of the people who don't get it, it's my job to offer loving encouragement and strategies for positive change for the people who have been denied compassionate health care their entire lives because of the shape of their bodies.
Keep on rockin' on, my fatty love warriors.