Going to see your doctor should never be a bad experience, but for many women the reality is that instead of getting the medical treatment they need, everything is blamed on their weight.
Weight bias or weight stigma - aka fat shaming - should not be part of any medical professional's mindset, but hundreds of women got in touch to tell us their own scarring experience inside the examination room.
The Quicky investigates why old stereotypes about weight still persist, how a doctor should talk to their patient if they are genuinely concerned, and what to do if you're not happy about how you've been treated.
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Host/Producer: Claire Murphy
Executive Producer: Siobhán Moran-McFarlane
Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri
Dr Hester Wilson - GP, Addiction Specialist and Conjoint Lecturer at the UNSW School of Community and Public Health
Dr Cat Pausé - Fat Studies scholar researching the effects of fat stigma on the health and well-being of fat individuals at Massey University in New Zealand
Alex - Was constantly shamed about her weight since childhood, until her wife helped her to see the doctor's behaviour was unacceptable
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