Anti-Fat Bias, Misdiagnoses, and Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus

Anti-Fat Bias, Misdiagnoses, and Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus

Introduction Content Warning: anti-fatness, anti-fat bias, weight loss, medical abuse, and medical neglect.   Misdiagnoses are common in the vulvar lichen sclerosus (VLS) community. Many of us, myself included, endured years of pain and suffering, only for healthcare providers to dismiss us. Many factors contribute to misdiagnosis. For example, a lack of provider education about vulvar lichen sclerosus can lead to misdiagnoses; lack of awareness may be another factor. Those two points get a lot of attention when it comes to misdiagnosis. However, something that gets less attention is discriminatory factors that can lead to misdiagnoses. Today, we have the honor of featuring a guest post by Chris Barbieri on the topic of anti-fat bias, misdiagnosis, and vulvar lichen sclerosus. Anti-fat bias is a form of discrimination that involves prejudiced attitudes against someone's body size or weight. Chris is one of Jaclyn's oldest and dearest friends. She is a brilliant human…
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