Weight Bias In Health Care: Optimizing Care Through Personal Assessment Of Obesity And Weight Biases | 56971
Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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To increase public awareness about weight bias, I proposed a workshop that provides conference attendees the opportunity
to examine their own biases towards obese people. While significant research has been conducted about obesity, little has
been done to address and stop bias. Weight bias is highly common in health care setting sand studies have shown that health
care professionals are among the most common source of bias. This includes physicians, nurses, psychologists, dietitians,
medical students and other professionals who specialize in obesity. Weight bias in health care can cause serious harm. Studies
demonstrate that patents with higher weights are more likely to avoid, cancel or delay important preventative appointments.
Patients with obesity, state the avoidance results from disrespectful treatment and negative attitudes from providers, unsolicited
advice to lose weight, embarrassment about being weighed and negative experiences with medical equipment that is too small
for them. The workshop will include an introduction, self- assessment survey, personal reflection, a17-minute video discussing
weight bias, a second opportunity for reflection and concrete strategies to help combat the significant societal problem of
Deborah A Christel has completed her PhD in 2010 from Oregon State University and has studied new approaches of Reducing Weight Bias in many fields including retail, fashion design, marketing, law and medical settings. She is an Assistant Professor at Washington State University in the Department of Apparel Merchandising, Design and Textiles.