Saturday, August 05, 2017
'Fat-shaming' by doctors is 'physically harmful,' prof says
A psychology professor gave a lecture at an academic conference Thursday claiming that “medical fat shaming” at the doctor’s office is “mentally and physically harmful.”
Joan Chrisler asserted that doctors "repeatedly advise weight loss for fat patients" rather than CAT scans or blood work, and also commit "microaggressions" like wincing at their medical charts.
Chrisler acknowledged that it is impossible to prove causation behind her claim that fat shaming has negative health consequences, pointing out that “it would be unethical to do such an experiment.”