About: Lanarkshire Community Services / Family Planning Service Lanarkshire Community Services Family Planning Service
Posted by Kitty321 (as ),
I went for my usual family planning appointment to get more supplies of the oral contraceptive pill.
During the consultation, the nurse asked me to step on the scale to be weighed. I have had a difficult 2 years due to a marriage break-up and cancer scare. She advised me that I had gained 4 kilograms since 5 months ago. When I said "I know", she then said "and 2 kilograms, the time before, and 2 kilograms the time before. You've gained 10 kilograms in 2 years. You should do something about that".
Although I have gained this weight, my BMI is 26 and I am a dress size 12-14. I feel bad enough about myself without it being pointed out to me. I will do something about it when I feel ready as I m a fit person and run 1/2 and full marathons (I am also an NHS employee in this health board and a specialist clinician, so I am aware of the health risks of being overweight and I advised the nurse of this).
I felt belittled and awful about myself when I left. I do agree that obesity is a growing health risk, but I feel it could be addressed in a more compassionate and sensitive manner.