Reducing Weight Bias in Health Care
Yale University created a video that it posted on YouTube titled "Weight Bias in Health Care," which provides useful information for providers to keep in mind when treating overweight and obese patients. According to the video, the prevalence of weight discrimination is comparable to racial discrimination, and is more common than racial discrimination in women.
Sixty percent of the U.S. population is overweight, and 30% are obese. Studies have revealed that health care providers report feeling uncomfortable or reluctant to treat obese patients, and when overweight and obese patients experience bias in their health care providers' offices, they become reluctant to seek health care and can become depressed.
The video recommends that providers take steps to be respectful of every patient, such as moving the scale to a private area and even removing fashion magazines from waiting areas. Watch the video for more helpful tips.