Hundreds of obese Britons have been 'fat shamed by the NHS'

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NHS is forced to apologise after hundreds of obese Britons complain they have been 'fat-shamed' for being overweight by health professionals Patients filed a total of 332 complaints to the NHS over three year Mother was reportedly threatened to be reported over her son's weight issues  Obesity expert warns patients should 'face the truth' that 'being fat is deadly'

By Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 10:13 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 10:14 BST, 1 July 2019


Hundreds of obese people claim they have been 'fat-shamed' by the NHS, data has revealed.

A probe found overweight patients have filed 332 complaints to the health service over the past three years about how they have been spoken to. 

Doctors have reportedly called patients 'cuddly' or 'stumpy', with one member of the public even being accused of abusing her body due to her size.

And a mother complained after a medic threatened to contact social services unless she tackled her son's weight problems. 

Obesity campaigners agree nasty language is 'unacceptable', but added overweight patients should 'face the truth' that being fat could be deadly.

Hundreds of obese people claim they have been 'fat shamed' by the NHS, data shows (stock)

Hundreds of obese people claim they have been 'fat shamed' by the NHS, data shows (stock)

The Sun sent Freedom of Information requests to every NHS trust. Around three-quarters of them responded.  

A patient registered an official complaint against Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust after being told she could not use a porter toilet due to her size.

As well as the mother who medics threatened to report, another woman was offended when a dentist suggested her son was too large to fit in his chair.

Guy's and St Thomas' Trust in London also received a dressing down after a patient was told she was twice the size of a doctor in front of a family member.

And a consultant at Portsmouth Hospital reportedly had their hand slapped after telling a patient 'people your size have become an epidemic'. 

The patient sought medical help for headaches, which the doctor reportedly blamed on their weight.

Great Western Hospitals Trust in Wiltshire was forced to apologise to a patient when a doctor 'fat shamed' a female patient while scanning her leg.

The medic reportedly said: 'It's just fat, fat, fat. If you speak to a butcher, he will tell you there are five different types of fat, this is one of them.'

The same doctor also told the patient she was abusing her body by being the size she is. 

Tam Fry, a spokesperson for the National Obesity Forum, said: 'It is unforgivable that any health professional should use this kind of

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