Hey, y’all –
Some of you might remember a while back when I asked people to submit their horror stories of fat prejudice in the doctor’s office for a new blog. We got several heartbreaking responses, posted them, and let the site sit in “soft launch” mode for quite some time.
Now, I’m pleased to announce (on the heels of Paul announcing it) that First, Do No Harm: Real Stories of Fat Prejudice in Health Care is up and running for real — including information on how to file a complaint with your state medical board, and other resources for obtaining good health care as a fat person. (Non-Americans, if you can provide us with info on how to lodge complaints where you live, we’d love to include it.) The blog is co-edited by me, Fillyjonk, Rachel, and Thorn (whose mother’s horrible experiences with medical professionals inspired it), but the bulk of the site is readers’ own stories. Sadly, we have every reason to think we’ll receive enough submissions on a continuous basis to keep it updated frequently.
If you’ve been discriminated against by a doctor because of your weight, we want to hear your story. Please send submissions to fathealth at gmail dot com.