Greetings from Arizona! Sorry that I’ve been lax on my blogging the past couple of days – the final details of my move became all consuming. I’m also way behind on e-mail and on getting comments approved, I promise I’ll catch up, hang in there!
A couple days ago I got an e-mail telling me that I had “no right to question doctors because they have so much training and it’s disrespectful to their profession.” Right. To borrow a phrase from filmmaker Darryl Roberts, I believe that I have to be the CEO of my own health which includes asking questions to healthcare professionals. If you’re wondering why I feel that way, I submit to you these two stories of doctors gone wild which make me want to throw beads at them while yelling “Show us your lack of ethics!” (yes, that is a horrible Mardi Gras joke – I think 12.5 hours of driving may have made me a little loopy!)
Dr. Edward Shang, a course director for the International School for Obesity Research and Management, successfully submitted his study about weight loss surgery and exercise to a scientific journal. The problem? He made up most, possibly all of the data. The editor in chief of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases says:
“This article has been retracted as the senior author, Dr. Edward Shang, claimed that 60 patients had undergone gastric bypass whereas only 21 patients had undergone surgery during this time period. Dr. Shang was unable to provide the raw data for the study, the name of a single patient, or a witness to patient entrance into the trial. Dr. Shang has agreed to withdraw this manuscript from publication.”
Dr. Andrew Chung, is a cardiologist who mixes scripture with medicine and recommends to his followers that they eat a very limited amount of food in order to constantly stay “wonderfully hungry.” He said “When we’re 10 times hungrier, doesn’t food tastes 10 times better? And when food tastes 10 tastes 10 times better, that’s wonderful, isn’t it?… It’s a mathematical principle,” So, Doctor Chung, this word mathematical – I do not think it means what you think it means. Tragically a woman put her 16 year old daughter on this program and the girl died of malnutrition at 40 pounds.
Doctors are not infallible and let’s remember that the person who graduates dead last in their class from the medical school ranked dead last in the country is still just called “Doctor.” You can do whatever you want but I will continue to question doctors. It’s not all bad, sometimes I get things that really give me hope, like this blog comment I got a couple of days ago:
Bravo! As a physician, I have often encountered overweight patients who live healthy lifestyles and are frustrated by an inability to lose weight. How freeing it would be if I had said simply, be healthy at the weight you are, or even better, be a Size Activist.
I have learned a valuable lesson from you and will bring this new perspective to my struggling patients.
Dr. Kim M.
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You may have heard of Sarah Robles and Holley Mangold. They are super heavy weight Olympic weight lifters who have made the US Olympic Team. They are both struggling financially. USA weight lifting provides them with $400 per month and they struggle to get sponsorships, partly because their size makes it difficult for them to obtain sponsorship money – as Sarah says “You can get that sponsorship if you’re a super-built guy or a girl who looks good in a bikini. But not if you’re a girl who’s built like a guy,”
It makes me so angry that they aren’t considered for sponsorships because of their size. Also, of course fat people get to choose whether or not they are interested in athletics and/or fitness, and I personally think it’s important to support fat athletes because it’s so rare for fat people to have role models who look like us and who challenge stereotypes and help give us the option to be involved in athletics if we want to. So I am considering running a fundraiser to help support them. There are still some hoops to jump through to find out if I can do it and how it will work, but I wanted to ask for your feedback -is this something you would be interested in supporting either financially or by helping to get the word out? Our Georgia Billboard Project was so incredibly successful ($21,000 in 8 days!) and a lot of that success was due to the support of you blog readers so I wanted to get your thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The initial book order has been shipped! When that shipment arrives the pre-ordering will end and we’ll move to regular ordering including both the hard copy and the e-book. If you want to get an autographed hard copy with free shipping then, according to UPS, you have 3-5 days left to preorder. If you’ve already pre-ordered then thank you for your order and your patience, I’ll get the book to you asap!
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