Actual Headline

[Trigger warning for fat hatred.]

Actual Headline: Obesity a big barrier for getting a mammogram.

A "big barrier." I see what you did there. Har har.

Actual Opening Paragraphs:
Women are less likely to be screened for breast cancer if they are obese, according to a new study in the Journal of Women's Health. Despite having insurance and receiving reminders to get screened, "...a significant portion of the population is not getting screened," according to the study.

The reasons women gave for skipping mammograms are clear-cut, but the solutions are not. Among obese patients, the main reason cited for skipping mammograms was that the test is too painful, yet many women who are not obese also cite pain as a reason for avoiding the test.
Physical pain is what they're talking about here. But is that what fat women are talking about? Or are they really talking about the emotional/psychological pain of being a fat patient in a healthcare system that hates fat people...? These are questions the article never bothers to ask.

"Two Days in the Life of Fatty Fatastrophe" is all else I've got to say on the matter.

[H/Ts to Shaker Hatilda and Eastsidekate.]

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