Yes. You read that title right. It’s heartbreakingly true. According to this article, 15 OB/GYN practices in South Florida have set a weight limit and will not accept obstetrics or gynecology patients who weigh more.
“People don’t realize the risk we’re taking by taking care of these patients,” the South Florida Sun-Sentinel quoted Dr. Albert Triana of South Miami as saying. “There’s more risk of something going wrong and more risk of getting sued. Everything is more complicated with an obese patient in GYN surgeries and in [pregnancies].”
Why You Should Be Pissed At These Docs
My tweeps are already all a-Twitter about this news, and I’m livid right along with them. Who are these doctors to determine who can and can’t get care? And how dare they discriminate against a woman just because she’s overweight? You can guarantee that the overweight woman probably beats herself enough for her obesity, and the last thing she needs is to be rejected by her doctor when she’s pregnant or in need of gynecologic care. Way to kick a girl when she’s down.
It’s easy to get your blood boiling if you imagine that these misogynistic docs are sitting around the doctor’s lounge, making fat jokes and scheming up ways to discriminate against overweight women. You can just see them fighting over the weight limit and getting their jollies on by trying to define “fat.” You can imagine that these gynecologists only want pretty patients to do Pap smears on and they’d prefer not to deliver babies amidst rolls of vulva.
And if you feel that way and it pisses you off, you have every reason to feel that way. I certainly would, if I wasn’t an OB/GYN myself.