How anti-fat bias in health care endangers lives

Dr Patty Thille

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Dr Patty Thille

Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy, University of Manitoba

Dr Patty Thille

When Ellen Maud Bennett died a year ago, her obituary published in the local newspaper gained national media attention in Canada, though she wasn’t a celebrity.

Bennett’s obituary revealed she died from cancer days after finally being diagnosed — after years of seeking help.

Her diagnosis came so late, beyond the point where treatments were possible, because the 64-year-old woman was repeatedly told her health problems were caused by her weight — or more specifically, by the amount of fat on her body.

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