OVERVIEW OF WEIGHT BIAS IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS

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Bias Hurts

Bias hurts, and not just emotionally. Research confirms bias among doctors, nurses, dieticians and other health care professionals, even those who specialize in obesity. Patients report avoiding routine, preventive health care because of these negative experiences. Recent research has even shown that stigmatization contributes to unhealthy eating behaviors. Addressing weight bias is a clinical imperative. Today’s excellent clinician must ask:

What kinds of negative experiences might I expect my obese patients have had in the past?

How can I rebuild patient/provider trust to deliver quality care?

 

Contents
All documents are in PDF format.

Title Page
Fact Sheet – Weight Bias by Providers
Fact Sheet – Consequences of Weight Bias
Overview of Weight Bias – slides
Overview of Weight Bias – notes
Research Studies
Selected References – Weight Bias
Selected References – Consequences