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Fat-Shaming is a Health Hazard

When fat-shaming occurs at a doctor’s office, it can have negative consequences both mentally and physically to the patient. It is disrespectful treatment, which can stress the patient out and ultimately lead to the patient avoiding regular check-ups and seeking medical care.
The study was conducted by Joan C. Chrisler and Angela Barney, both researchers at Connecticut College’s Department of Psychology. Findings were presented at the 125th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

This study examined 46 previous studies which looked at the biases that doctors have towards obesity. It also compared patient reports about fat shaming from their doctors, and how it related to or affected their health outcomes.

The worst case scenario is that it obesity bias would cause a health care practitioner to blame the excess weight for numerous other health problems, instead of running the appropriate diagnostic tests. This can result in misdiagnosis, which can have dangerous consequences.
Chrisler says that recommending the same treatment for all patients based solely on their condition is unethical and a form of malpractice. Their research showed that doctors regularly recommended weight loss as a solution to obese patients’ health problems, but didn’t recommend the variety of tests like CAT scans and blood work that are recommended to other patients of a lower weight.

At the end, both researchers stated that healthcare providers need better training in order to give all patients the best treatment, regardless of size.When fat-shaming occurs at a doctor’s office, it can have negative consequences both mentally and physically to the patient. It is disrespectful treatment, which can stress the patient out and ultimately lead to the patient avoiding regular check-ups and seeking medical care.
The study was conducted by Joan C. Chrisler and Angela Barney, both researchers at Connecticut College’s Department of Psychology. Findings were presented at the 125th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

This study examined 46 previous studies which looked at the biases that doctors have towards obesity. It also compared patient reports about fat shaming from their doctors, and how it related to or affected their health outcomes.

The worst case scenario is that it obesity bias would cause a health care practitioner to blame the excess weight for numerous other health problems, instead of running the appropriate diagnostic tests. This can result in misdiagnosis, which can have dangerous consequences.
Chrisler says that recommending the same treatment for all patients based solely on their condition is unethical and a form of malpractice. Their research showed that doctors regularly recommended weight loss as a solution to obese patients’ health problems, but didn’t recommend the variety of tests like CAT scans and blood work that are recommended to other patients of a lower weight.

At the end, both researchers stated that healthcare providers need better training in order to give all patients the best treatment, regardless of size.

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