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Questions and concerns are being raised over a so-called “body positivity” group that’s selling “Don’t Weigh Me” business cards to help reduce so-called “weight stigma.” The cards are designed to be handed to medical professionals such as nurses and doctors.
“Please don’t weigh me unless it’s (really) medically necessary. If you really need my weight, please tell me why so that I can give you my informed consent,” the front of each card reads.
The back lists four reasons “why” weight shouldn’t be measured and scrutinized by medical professionals:
- “Most health conditions can be addressed without knowing my weight.”
- “When you focus on my weight I get stressed (and that’s not healthy).”
- “Weighing me every time I come in for an appointment and talking about my weight like it’s a problem perpetuates weight stigma (a known & serious health risk).”
- “I pursue healthy behaviors regardless of my weight status (see: Health at Every Size).”
Below are photos of the card:
We are going to lose the next war we enter pic.twitter.com/FEdPfjFCzn
— Fenix ‘Voluntary Quarantine Escapee’ Ammunition (@FenixAmmunition) December 16, 2021
Critics have been quick to pounce because of what they say is all the misinformation on the cards. For instance, the statements on the back make it sound as if it’s perfectly OK and healthy even to be morbidly obese.
This, of course, is not the case, especially so in this day and age of the coronavirus, which the data has repeatedly shown is more deadly in the obese.
Critics have also noted that no other disorder — and yes, obesity is a disorder — is given such leeway.
Do you mean fat people? Like the fat people that are a higher risk for COVID infection but the left doesn’t want to shame for taking up hospital beds? The preventable fat? I don’t like to weigh myself either, but I do to know when I should lose weight.
— Rick (@RealRick2021) December 23, 2021
Being overweight is unhealthy, period. Sure, maybe not in the short term, but long term damage to joints, tendons, etc is inevitably going to happen to people who are overweight. It’s not about shaming, it’s about health.
— David (@bugden_david) December 22, 2021
Totally ridiculous!!! So let’s just stop taking any vitals just in case it’s stressful, a diagnosis requires objective data – body weight & waist circumference are perhaps the biggest risk factor measurements
— WebberWellness (@drChaseWebber) December 22, 2021
it’s a doctor, they need to know your weight so they can help you. do they have a “don’t ask my blood type”, “i may or may not be allergic to penicillin” or “i’m protected by ivermectin” cards too?
— 🐰 (@angisdone) December 22, 2021
Or: don’t check my health situation (ie strep throat, broken bone, etc). People are getting too sensitive/offended by the smallest of things. It’s getting ridiculous.
— Amy (@Amy_Liz_TG) December 22, 2021
If getting on a scale causes you insurmountable stress (such as avoiding your doctor), you just might have a weight problem.
— StarfishLeader🐟 (@MemeFascist) December 22, 2021
The cards were produced by a California-based (go figure) group that runs the website More-Love.org.
“It is an online resource that empowers parents to raise kids who are free from body hate, disordered eating, and eating disorders. We educate parents about weight, food, and mental health and seek to reduce the fear and shame parents feel when their child has a problem with body hate, disordered eating, or an eating disorder,” the website’s “About” page states.
It adds that the group supports “a Health at Every SizeⓇ approach to recovery.”
This idea of “health” at any and every size is not a new phenomenon:
— Sacha Boxer Princess (@boxer_sacha) December 26, 2021
However, the notion of importing this idea into a doctor’s office is certainly different. So is a group trying to profit off it.
More-Love.org sells the cards in packs of five for $5 and packs of 100 for $35.
“Because we live in a fatphobic society, being weighed and talking about weight causes feelings of stress and shame. Many people feel anxiety about seeing the doctor, and will avoid going to the doctor in order to avoid the scale,” the website continues.
“We want you to be supported in requesting healthcare that is free of weight bias. The point is that it’s an informed choice that we get to make. We don’t have to step on the scale just because someone tells us to.”
To be fair, the unvaccinated feel the exact same way about their health. However, the unvaccinated certainly aren’t benefiting from the sort of sympathetic, no-questions-asked coverage that More-Love.org is receiving from the press, including CNN:
CNN health pic.twitter.com/ybq3D9RubV
— James Lindsay, wannabe internet bad boy (@ConceptualJames) December 26, 2021
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