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To learn what some Florida Ob-Gyn doctors have to say about fat bottomed girls, keep reading:

This story illustrates yet another front in the war on women.

According to reporter Bob LaMendola, of the Sun Sentinel-

In a nation with 93 million obese people, a few ob-gyn doctors in South Florida now refuse to see otherwise healthy women solely because they are overweight.

Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight cut-offs for new patients starting at 200 pounds or based on measures of obesity — and turn down women who are heavier.

My first thoughts after reading the story were, "What would happen if cardiologists adopted the same position...especially where men are concerned?  Have there been any studies or polls done?  Cardiovascular disease is the "number one killer" of Americans, why am I not reading about cardiologists refusing to treat obese people, both women and men?"

The reasons given by the doctors polled range from complaints of stress on their office equipment to risks of medical complications-

"People don't realize the risk we're taking by taking care of these patients," said Dr. Albert Triana, whose two-physician practice in South Miami declines patients classified as obese. "There's more risk of something going wrong and more risk of getting sued. Everything is more complicated with an obese patient in GYN surgeries and in [pregnancies]."

Okay, got it.  When a patient poses a health care challenge, something beyond the usual easy-ride-vehicle for the collection of co-pays and insurance dollars, then providing health care is just too economically risky.  It's the lawyers' fault...or Krispy Kremes'...depending on your point of view.

The article goes on to report-

...decisions about patients typically are made after assessing the individual's condition during an exam, not by ruling out an entire group, said Dr. Robert Yelverton, a board member of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society. He said he would discourage physicians from excluding the obese.

"Do I think it's a good policy? No," Yelverton said. "Overweight people need doctors. I don't know where a patient in that situation would go if every practice had that policy."

Exactly.  And I cannot even begin to imagine the hue and cry if obese men were subject to such a policy.

ADDENDUM:  I am truly honored and thank you!  The Rec list AND recommended tag AND republished by DKOS Florida.  Thank you for reading this diary and the recognition.

Originally posted to Marjmar on Wed May 18, 2011 at 12:58 PM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement and DKos Florida.

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