I couldn’t have said it better myself…
A friend over at The Ivy League Vice Squad recently blogged about an article entitled “What Do Fat People Want?”
The article was written by some NAAFA folks (National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance).
Some of the big points for me that I’d like to add are in response to:
WE WANT doctors to stop pushing dangerous treatments: diets, diet pills, liposuction, and weight-loss surgery. As the New England Journal of Medicine said recently, “The cure for obesity [sic] may be worse than the condition.”
If by the “cure” for obesity, the Journal is referring to having surgery that reduces the size of the stomach so much that you are physically incapable of stuffing your face with eating more than a few bites of food, then yes, that “cure” is incredibly invasive and dangerous. Unfortunately, instead of it being a real last resort, it is now becoming the quick fix.
WE WANT diagnostic equipment that will accommodate us: MRIs, CAT scans, ultrasound machines, some X-ray machines, etc.
Uhh… oh sure. I’m not positive about this, but I would imagine that these machines cost in the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars. This one isn’t like switching out some seats in a movie theatre.
WE WANT the FDA to test weight-loss drugs thoroughly for safety before approving them for use by millions of consumers who are all-too-eager for a miracle pill, even when it is life-threatening. Beyond that, we question the value or wisdom of seeking medical cures for social problems in the first place.
This is a good one. As far as I can tell, the FDA takes a little while to test new drugs. Several years. They probably wouldn’t take so long if they weren’t stretched so thin. There are way more drugs coming out now than ever before.
Don’t you think that their time would be better spent testing the drugs that help those that suffer from diseases that are not preventable?
All of these points I’ve added have one thing in common for me. People always seem to assume that all doctors, scientists, other health-care professionals, and insurance companies are supposed to be made of extremely high moral fiber, and should and will always have our best interests in mind. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but they don’t. It’s up to you as a patient, a member of society, and as an intelligent human being to figure that out.
While you’re at it, why don’t you just live in the world as it exists. Stop trying to make other people change it just to accommodate your fat butt.
Check it out.