Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities
Abolish the Body Mass Index: A Historical and Current Analysis of the Traumatizing Nature of the BMI
Statement of Purpose
Rage, change, and liberation; these are the concepts that our papers, collectively, embody. I was enraged. I am enraged. But even through the rage, I am choosing to center this paper around enacting change. Throughout maturation, I have increasingly been deeply affected by how the United States medical system and insurance industry treats patients with a Body Mass Index of over 30, as a young fem person whose doctors deny validity and respect. I have been sent the message that my body is not worthy of the same treatment that is afforded to other, smaller, patients. I have been sent the message that the lifesaving treatment I received, “lacked medical necessity.” I have been sent the message that the act of saving my life, my life that I live at a BMI that categorizes me as “obese,” is not worth living. That is why I am writing this, not just for myself; but for every other person who has been sent the message that they are not worthy of medical treatment.
Redpath, Franny M.
"Abolish the Body Mass Index: A Historical and Current Analysis of the Traumatizing Nature of the BMI,"
Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities: Vol. 12:
1, Article 12.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/tapestries/vol12/iss1/12
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