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“Fat shaming” may qualify as medical malpractice

“Fat shaming” may qualify as medical malpractice

Georgia residents probably trust that their doctor knows what’s best when it comes to his or her personal health. Since it has been established that being overweight can cause or exacerbate a slew of health issues, it is not uncommon for a doctor to recommend that a patient aim for a body weight considered to be healthier. However, many patients say they feel pressured to try trendy new diets that may have adverse health effects in an attempt to please the doctor, and some now feel that a practice often called “fat shaming” classifies as medical malpractice

Surely, in some cases, it may be appropriate for a doctor to suggest a little weight loss could improve a patient’s overall health. But in other cases, the mere suggestion can do more harm than good. Perhaps a patient is taking medication for a condition and weight gain is a side effect. In such a case, there may be little a patient can do. 

Some patients that suffer from anxiety and depression already have trouble accepting their body. A desperate patient may turn to a quick fix or trendy new diet featured on television or social media, but many of these methods have no medical validity and are often unsafe. Patients may wind up frustrated and in poor health if they try to lose weight in an unhealthy way. A doctor that fails to provide a safe weight loss plan or continues to harp on a struggling patient may be guilty of medical malpractice. 

Victims of medical malpractice may feel frustrated. When a Georgia patient feels he or she has been caused to suffer by the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional, the person may want to see justice served. In many cases, contacting an experienced attorney can help. 


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