Win a Free Trip to the Zoo!!!

Doctors in the UK have started referring patients to the zoo if they’re too fat to fit into a CT scanner. According to the article, This is a common practice in America. Damn you Britain, will you please get over the fact you lost the Evolutionary war and stop making fun of Fat americans…leave that to us Americans, we don’t need any help…

Dr. Riaz Dharamshi wrote on his blog, “imagine the humiliation for the patient. ‘I’m sorry sir but you are too fat to have a CT scan, so we are going to send you to the zoo where they are used to dealing with larger spcimens.'” Maybe the doctors just need to rephrase the offer. “Congratulations! You’ve been randomly selected to get a CT scan in the dream location of your choice!!!! You can get one done on an airplane, in a hot air balloon, OR at the ZOO!”

How Exciting!

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3 responses

  1. Although I understand that this is meant to be humorous there is a very serious side to this. The fact is many obese people go undiagnosed for many illnesses because of this exact reason. This can lead to their unnecessary deaths, family hardships and life altering despair. The fact that many hospitals cannot diagnose a significant portion of the population because of a lack of accommodation is really unacceptable at this point in time. The embarrassment that many obese people feel when going to the doctor or submitting to any form of medical testing is understandable and it also unnecessary as it is entirely due to a lack of understanding and compassion within the medical community in general.
    Not a day goes by where we aren’t bombarded with a new study that shows how being fat promotes this disease or another. But the bare ass truth is that the obese are treated like second class citizens by the medical community and thus causing the obese to shy away from medical help when it is needed most. Most obese people will ignore a medical problem until they absolutely have no choice but to seek help. This adds to the idea that the obese are more likely to get sick as compared to their thinner counterparts. This issue with imaging equipment is a prime example of how the obese are ignored and yet demonized by a world that still doesn’t understand the issue.

    • Jokes aside, i agree. It’s a messed up system and an MRI at the zoo isn’t the answer. I think most people in general, not just the obese, ignore medical issues until they absolutely have to. If you have a medical issue that needs attention, chances are it’s going to be a long and expensive road ahead filled with x-rays and referrals and pharmaceuticals. I think the second class citizen issues (especially in the medical field) need to be dealt with.

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