Stop GPs ignoring ill/disabled patients because of their weight

Stop GPs ignoring ill/disabled patients because of their weight

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Samantha Thomas started this petition to NHS and

Getting a GP’s appointment can be difficult enough. It’s even harder when your symptoms are brushed off because of your weight.

Many patients in the UK experience longer diagnosis times, or no diagnosis at all, because they are either underweight or overweight. This campaign asks the NHS and NICE to change the way GPs tackle patients’ weight in order to receive fair and equal treatment.

My Story

When I was 17, I started experiencing severe fatigue and diarrhoea, coupled with unexplained weight loss. I went to my GP, who congratulated me for the weight loss and told me to sleep more. If I had not been overweight, the doctor may have taken the unexplained weight loss as a serious symptom, and I would have been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease a year earlier and not experienced a severe and debilitating flare-up of the condition. 

So much of my time and health was lost because my doctor only saw my weight loss as a good thing. This is SO DANGEROUS. People can be ill without it having anything to do with being their weight. When we as a society congratulate people when they lose weight without any context, we are ignoring obvious and potentially serious symptoms.

Until we start to take the symptoms and illnesses of people seriously, we will continue to experience longer diagnosis times, worse quality of care, and in many cases no treatment whatsoever. Bullying people to become a “healthy” weight has not worked, and will continue to not work. We will get healthier if doctors start to listen to us.

Please sign this petition to ask the NHS and NICE to change the way GPs treat patients because of their weight. 

Thanks

Samantha.

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