Please Don't Weigh Me Card
You don't have to be weighed when you go to the doctor.
Health does NOT equal weight
Fatphobia is one area of discrimination that continues to be socially acceptable. Often disguised as “health and wellness,” diet culture myths are perpetuated. People are afraid to go to the doctor because of the all too common fat shaming done by medical professionals.
Diet culture equates living in a smaller body to moral superiority. Thus, implying people that live in larger bodies are less moral and ethical than people in smaller bodies. The equating of moral superiority to a thin body is damaging on a number of levels. Disordered eating (preoccupation with food/body, yo yo dieting, and inflexible eating patterns) is common in our society and that can lead to an eating disorder when appropriate intervention is not taken. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses with upwards to 20% of people eventually dying from the disease. Eating disorders can and do occur in people in ALL bodies.
There is no link between morals and body size. The two are not related and we must begin to dismantle all of the systems of oppression in our society. Just one of them is diet culture. Diet culture seeks to keep people living in smaller bodies superior to those living in larger bodies. Like all systems of oppression diet culture is perpetuated by separating “us from them” keeping one group of people superior to another. Diet culture is not serving the health of our society
Go to the doctor, don't get weighed if you don't want to. You can say no thank you.
We made "Please don't weigh me cards, unless it medically necessary" (I am not in the medical field any longer and please listen to your doctor if they can provide an actual reason it is necessary to be weighed. Insurance needing it is NOT a valid reason, FYI.). These cards are free. Please use, please share, please advocate with us.