Monday, April 17, 2017

Obesity Stigma and Bias

 2016 Jul-Aug;12(7):425-432. doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2016.05.013.

Obesity Stigma and Bias.

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Professor at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.
President/CEO of Obesity Action Coalition in Tampa, FL.
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of South Alabama.
Instructor at the Division of Nursing at Springhill College in Mobile, AL.
Abraham A. Mitchell Professor and Chair at the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of South Alabama.
Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of South Alabama.


Overweight and obesity are escalating in epidemic proportions in the United States. Individuals with overweight and obesity are often reluctant to seek medical help, not only for weight reduction but also for any health issue because of perceived provider discrimination. Providers who are biased against individuals with obesity can hinder our nation's effort to effectively fight the obesity epidemic. By addressing weight bias in the provider setting, individuals affected by obesity may be more likely to engage in a meaningful and productive discussion of weight. Providers need to be the go-to source for obesity-focused information on new and emerging treatments.

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