Diary of a Fat Chick

Fat girl living in a skinny world

Obesity as scapegoat June 21, 2008

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Thursday, June 19

Prepare to be angered by this article. It is about an Ohio doctor/surgeon who was allowed to sexually harass his coworkers for more than 30 years. Terrible, horrible stuff. On top of that, he botched a hernia repair – six times! – and left the patient so damaged that she can’t even lift a bag of groceries. His excuse for the woman’s problems? Obesity.

Obesity my big fat butt. Nowhere has it been documented that six surgeries are needed to repair a hernia. Obesity can’t account for sepsis, which is an unchecked infection that occurs from poor medical care. And who knows if the patient was actually obese? A good surgeon would have been able to work around the extra fat if she carried any.

But more importantly, why was the doctor so quick to blame his mistakes on the patient’s size? Is it because obesity has become society’s whipping boy? It’s not okay to denigrate others for being too tall or too short, too white or too black, but it is okay to say someone is “too fat.” What is “too fat,” anyway? As posted on The Rotund, “fat” is nebulous.

Gah. Just gah.


No duh!

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Monday, June 2

Obesity tied to risk of psychiatric disorders

In general, Petry’s team found, obese adults had higher risks of major and milder depression, anxiety disorders like panic disorder and phobias, and “manic” episodes. They also showed higher rates of alcohol abuse and personality disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive behavior and paranoid personality disorder.

The researchers could not fully investigate the reasons for all of these links, but use of psychiatric drugs — which can cause weight gain — did not explain the findings. They say behavioral, biological or genetic factors could all plausibly play a role in the relationship between weight and mental health.

For example, Petry explained, the links between weight and certain psychiatric disorders could point to a general “behavioral dysregulation,” where people deal with stress by overeating, as well as doing other things in excess.

Eating can also become in a “conditioned reinforcer” in some people, she said. This means that if a person habitually turns to food in response to anxiety, then eventually even minor stress may spur overeating.

Um, hello?! Did the researchers ever stop to think that some disorders are caused by the environment in which people live? All of the negative messages that fat people receive certainly tear them down after a while, which contribute to depression and other unfortunate stuff.
Seems to me these researchers can’t see the forest for the trees!