(Closed) Canada considering banning obese woman from having fertility treatments

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

That makes me so mad! I guess government run healthcare isn’t all it is cracked up to be huh?

Post # 4
Bee
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

To put a BMI tag on it is ridiculous – because BMI is one of the sketchiest ways to measure ‘weight’. It’s disappointing to hear this! 🙁

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

That is disappointing and borderline! Unfortunately, I don’t know what kind of rights Canadians have and whether or not its ‘constitutional” so to speak.

Interesting debate on health care to be made……

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i think the BMI rating is very misleading because there are some very fit people out there that if using a BMI would be considered unfit

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Wow, that’s quite disheartening.  I wonder if insurance companies in the U.S. will implement that idea.

Post # 8
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1962 posts
Buzzing bee

@secondchances: In fact this policy change signals smaller total government health care.  Canada doesn’t want to pay for emergency services related to these procedures.  Why they just don’t say, “if your injuries are reasonably related to your IVF and you are obese, we won’t cover them” is something I don’t understand.  If a person wants to take on the risks and can afford the consequences, porquoi pas?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

That’s some of the issues I have with government run healthcare, just wish the US supporters would see this side of it. It has it’s pros and it has it’s cons and here is one of them. It’s disgusting, it truly is.

Post # 10
Hostess
11168 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@jaguar: I agree, it is beyond absurd.

As eloping mentioned about people that are fit, I’m extremely athletic and have a large amount of muscle mass meaning while I a size 12 (I’m not a tiny person overall) and healthy I also have a higher BMI simply because of weight.

One little number does not paint an overall accurate picture of health.

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@eloping:Exactly!

I recently gained weight and am now “overweight” according to bmi and I really don’t look it. I’ve looked up women that are the same height and weight and I’m really tiny compared to them. I think everyone should have the chance to have children. Totally ridiculous.

Post # 13
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215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

The only way I would agree with this is if the person was so large that it would cause health risks for the baby.  Do they have information backing this up?  Regardless of size, smaller women can have complications also.  But i do agree that if your over weight you should try to get at a healthy weight before trying to have a baby.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

First off you’re off base. No one is dictating you cannot be parents. The Dr’s are refusing to give you treatments to get pregnant because it can cause complications and harm to oneself.

You are free to explore other avenues of becoming a parent.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Awful.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

I do not agree with it being in terms of BMI. According to my BMI, I am obese yet have been cleared by doctors repeatedly. I am short and thick but don’t eat a bunch of junk food and get enough exercise to keep me healthy.

I don’t think they should be able to ban them from fertility treatments, however I think before receiving the fertility treatments, women who are actually obese and are in danger of damaging their health should be counseled about healthy living. Obese women are high risk pregnancies off the bat and things should be done to prevent uneccessary fertility treatments and/or repeat miscarriages.

To me it is not being unfair to obsese women, it is more or less being fair to their unborn children that will ultimately suffer with the complications. I feel this way about other unsafe pregnancies as well such as drinkers, smokers, drug addicts, and people who live in environments unsafe for children.

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