Post # 1
I am just curious how you ladies feel about this. Here in Canada, Health Canada issued a statement today that they are considering banning woman with a BMI of 30 or higher from having fertility treatments due to the higher risk of complications which in turn places a drain on our health care system.
Is this going to far? who has the right to tell someone they do or don’t have the right to be parents? What else can they say Canadians can and can’t do? The BMI of a female who is 5’3 and 170lbs is 30. To me that’s ridiculous that someone who is a size 14 is too large to have a child with some help.
As someone who is facing fertility treatments in the next year and who has a BMI over 30 I’m insulted and disheartened. Yet another obstacle, wonderful!
so what do you think, should us fat folk be allowed to be parents too?
Post # 3
That makes me so mad! I guess government run healthcare isn’t all it is cracked up to be huh?
Post # 4
- 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
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
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
Wow, that’s quite disheartening. I wonder if insurance companies in the U.S. will implement that idea.
Post # 8
@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
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
@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
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
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
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 # 16
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.