Through social justice warrior ideology and empty speculations, anyone can make it to the American Psychological Association Convention, as demonstrated by one of their most recent lecturers. What was the content of the presentation? A Connecticut professor claims that advisement by doctors for overweight patients to conduct a healthier lifestyle is “fat shaming” and harmful to physical and mental vigor.
At the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Connecticut College professor and author Dr. Joan Chrisler introduced her “Weapons of Mass Distraction — Confronting Sizeism.” According to the Oxford Dictionary, the term sizeism refers to, “Prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s size.” In the address, Dr. Chrisler explains supposed acts of maltreatment by doctors:
Reluctance to touch a fat patient, or a headshake, wince or ‘tsk’ [by the physician] while noting the patient’s weight in the chart… microaggressions are stressful over time and can contribute to the felt experience of stigmatization.
The refusal to examine those who are overweight would be quite the lapse in proper care. Despite Dr. Chrisler’s confident statements, she admitted to having insufficient data for support aside from a study concluding that obese Americans are 1.65 times more likely than others to have undiagnosed medical conditions. What the professor fails to take into consideration, however, is that there is inadequate confirmation for the prevalence of unfound illnesses due to obesity. Instead, there are myriad variables that could contribute to this relationship. Regardless of the origin, Dr. Chrisler commits a flagrant error by asserting speculation as fact. Especially worrying is her position as a college instructor, training future professionals to use similar logic.
Despite her lack of evidence, Dr. Chrisler goes on to insist that doctors harm the physical and mental well-being of overweight clients:
Disrespectful treatment and medical fat shaming, in an attempt to motivate people to change their behavior, is stressful and can cause patients to delay health care seeking or avoid interacting with providers.
Is there a hint of support for her allegations? Well, luckily, real scientists have the answer. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, body fat and cancer have a causal relationship. Moreover, a previous article by Liberty Nation explains that being overweight may induce nervous system inflammation, depression, steatohepatitis and other serious maladies. In contrast to Dr. Chrisler’s claims, there is significant evidence to indicate that medical professionals are responsible for encouraging beneficial living standards after examination into the source of the weight gain. Furthermore, facts are not a danger to the physical and mental strength of sane individuals.
Through educating clients on enhanced diet and exercise routines, physicians may decrease the risk of disease, leading to a more robust future for our nation. As for the American Psychological Association, one can only hope that they will regain their integrity through encouraging science-based solutions.
What are the thoughts of our readers? Are physicians guilty of fat shaming by recommending individuals to pursue healthier lifestyles?