Efforts are now underway to alleviate larger women’s discomfort at the gynecologist’s office. Pat Lyons, a registered nurse, public health educator, and co-author of the Berkeley study, is working with Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (PPSFL), in New York, to develop a program for sensitive treatment of overweight patients.
These and other health care providers are working from a foundation built by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Task Force on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity. In 2002, the AAFP task force released guidelines for caring for overweight and obese patients. The guidelines included encouraging the purchase of office supplies that fit larger patients and talking to overweight women about how they want to be weighed, among other things.
Maureen Kelly, director of training and education for PPSFL, plans to launch a pilot program in 2006 that makes some Planned Parenthood health centers around the United States "fat friendly." The program includes training staff; offering pamphlets on the healthcare rights of overweight women to clients; and stocking appropriate exam tables, robes, and equipment. Kelly strives to build health centers where, she says, "we honor the fact that women come in all different shapes and sizes."
Of course we can easily imagine the Planned Parenthood diet. Drop pounds of tissue mass in one easy visit. Of course no mention of oral contraceptives causing weight gain in some women especially DepoProvera. Though all of their programs reaching out to women only reminds is that they are wise as serpents.