New Blog; Call for Submissions

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.

18 thoughts on “New Blog; Call for Submissions

  1. ouch, those stories are really quite scary and infuriating. I wish i could wave these in the faces of all the people that claim doctor’s concerns about peoples weight are legitimate.

  2. I think it’s so critical that you’re doing this. These stories really need to be read by everyone. You don’t need to be a “fat power person” to understand the outrageousness of what fat people are subjected to by health practitioners.

  3. You don’t need to be a “fat power person” to understand the outrageousness of what fat people are subjected to by health practitioners.

    Exactly. The hope is that this site will become an eye-opener we can all link to when people say they don’t believe fat prejudice exists or causes any real damage.

  4. The stories are horrifying, and serve as a reminder of why this is such an important fight. However, I think it’s important to keep in mind that not everyone will respond empathically.

    There are plenty of douchehounds out there who will respond by reminding us disgusting fatties that we brought this on ourselves, maybe now we’ll stop eating, etc.

    We need to be ready for it.

  5. There are plenty of douchehounds out there who will respond by reminding us disgusting fatties that we brought this on ourselves, maybe now we’ll stop eating, etc.

    Comments over there are moderated, and anything to that effect will never see the light of day.

  6. If, after reading any of these tragic stories, some would-be troll would try to make such a cruel, heartless comment like that Shade… even Dante hasn’t fully articulated the special place in hell that is awaiting them.

  7. The site is great. With my voracious appetite (for reading and donuts, natch) I raced through the existing entries last night. Sooooo infuriating. And all too familiar.

    I can’t help but hope though, that the trolls don’t find it. Even though “(y)ou don’t need to be a “fat power person” to understand the outrageousness of what fat people are subjected to by health practitioners” I can’t help but think those people will still find fault with our experiences. “The doctor is right,” they’ll say. “Losing weight will cure you.”

  8. Uh, didn’t mean to steal your announcement thunder, Kate.

    We really needed a fire lit under our ass for this one, Paul, so you did the world a service.

  9. Kate,
    For those of us who are a little slow (or busy with writing grant proposals), could you please add a link to this into your list of other blogs? I’d like to share my story but it’s long (whose isn’t?) plus I’m hoping to have an update shortly on one part of it as I’ve got an appt next week.

    Thanks!

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