As the mother of LaNiyah, I would say that I was guilty of that for years until it hit home for me. After going from doctor to doctor and coming up with the same ignorant answers we had to fight against what society and the doctors who only looked at the surface and not the root were saying and took a stance on going forward and putting as much time needed into finding out what the cause of LaNiyah's un-imaginable weight gain was stemming from. I know we weren't eating at McDonald's and Burger King everyday or housed cabinets full of junk in our home so, that misconception was squashed.
It became a job for me to do my research and not take "She's just fat" as the answer.... We went to four different doctor's to get opinions and I'd say the last two, is where we started to get answers and people that really understood our point and wanted to go deeper. They actually found out one cause which was extreme constipation after viewing one x-ray. She’s now on medication for this issue. Today we are still testing genetics and other things but, to have a team of doctors who care and see what we saw, and sincerely want to find the root of this problem is awesome!
The bottom line here people is that we must not judge a book by its cover and teach our children the same.
We must also go above our limit and fight for answers to things we don’t understand and we will then get the help we need. - LaToya "Toyiah Marquis" White