Encountering Anti-Fat Bias in Healthcare Providers
My name is Kimberly Montgomery. I am from Peru, Indiana, and I’m forty-three years
I’ve known since I was a kid that something was wrong. When I was about twelve,
maybe not even quite twelve, I started noticing my cheerleading skirt. I’m looking at my
legs, looking at the other girls’ legs going, “This is not right. Something looks different
here.” And it wasn’t just that they’re chunkier, but they just looked different. I was
already beginning at twelve to get cellulite. About that same time it seemed like I had
dark circles under my eyes. I feel like maybe I was beginning to have some drainage
issues or something. Those things came at twelve, and I was very self-conscious. It was
one of those things where I absolutely knew something wasn’t going right, and of
course, when you’re twelve, you start to diet.
I was already very active. I was not heavy. I had chunky legs and cellulite, but I wasn’t
heavy throughout all high school. I was relatively average size. I did diet like every other
teenage girl, but it was more standard dieting – you try this, you try that.
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