Martina Donkers


‘It’s Because You’re Fat’ — And Other Lies My Doctors Told Me

Fat prejudice is real and it can seriously harm patients

He wasn't fat, he was becoming Santa. (The Santa Clause, Walt Disney Pictures)

By age 18, my knees hurt. I didn’t know why, and they didn’t hurt a lot, but they did hurt a bit most of the time. As someone who took a lot of dance classes and played my share of netball, it was annoying, but not something I thought much about. After all, I reckoned, bad knees run in my family. But by age 20, the pain had gone from a bit annoying to definitely annoying. I decided, for the first time, to see a doctor about it.

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