Originally Posted on September 09, 2013 by Heather Hershey
PCOS sucks and doctors should definitely know more about it by now.
You know there’s something wrong. You know it’s diet related. The frustrating thing is the lack of cause. Did the chicken come before the egg or vice versa? In other words, does your innate desire to accumulate sexy, socially-desirable body fat </sarcasm font> magically give you PCOS or does the PCOS incorporate metabolic agents that make you gain the fat to begin with, like a Crisco-laden canary in the coal mine? The difference between the two paradigms is vast, as one implies that it’s YOUR FAULT you’re sick and the other makes it seem like nature is playing some sort of demented trick on you.
Even when doctors sympathize with us, they still fall back on out-dated dietary training from their time in medical school which says that fatty shaming is the best mode of operation even though we’re too lacking in will power to follow through with meaningful diets. I mean, how dare we regain hard-lost weight? We obviously struggle with our weight just to torment our physicians. </sarcasm font>
I watch my diet meticulously yet the weight just trickles off. I often get really frustrated about it, but like you I just keep soldiering on.
For now I will continue to plug away at things. I am reading “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes and he makes some wonderful arguments for why the healthcare establishment is failing us by sticking to a patient-blaming, paternalistic paradigm that is rooted in some fairly dubious dietary science. It’s a great book. I want to pass along the name of it to any of my Cysters who think this might be useful on their own struggles with this insidious syndrome.
I love you guys. I wish you all the luck in the world on your journey.