Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Address bias of doctors treating obese patients

Twice I was allowed to develop severe heart failure symptoms that required hospitalization to treat because my primary care physician assumed that my ONLY problem was that I am fat.

 

Every doctor knows that obesity can lead to the development of diabetes, heart diseases, joint damage and yet too many doctors on the frontlines just say: You're fat go diet.

 

My first experience with this was when I was first diagnosed with heart failure in 1996. The second time was in 2011. I had had a banded gastric bypass by that time. And yet my doctor did nothing--including not put me on coreg--for 18 months during which I gained 96 pounds of water weight. I can send you medical records on request.

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