Recognizing and eliminating bias in those with elevated body mass index in women's health care
Volume 109, Issue 5, Pages 775–776
Steven R. Lindheim, M.D., M.M.M., Tanya L. Glenn, M.D., Leah D. Whigham, Ph.D.
My worst healthcare experience was with a new OB/GYN at my appointment to confirm my first pregnancy. I was elated and couldn't wait to have the doctor congratulate me, but instead she told me that I was a detriment to my unborn child because I was going to be an overweight mother, and that my baby deserved better. I left the office crushed and heartbroken. If I hadn't needed to seek medical treatment to ensure a healthy pregnancy, I would have never returned. I requested a new doctor and filed a complaint with the hospital, but I never heard anything back from them.
– Rudd Center, personal communication