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Weight loss Doctors have a bias against fat people
Friday, September 12, 2003 9:43 am Email this article
Doctors who specialize in weight loss have a "very strong weight bias" against fat people according to a study published in the Sept-Oct 2003 issue of Obesity Research. Doctors tended to endorse the stereotype that obese people are lazy, stupid and worthless.
Doctors who showed less bias towards their obese patients were male, older, had a positive emotional outlook on life, weighed more, had friends who are obese, and indicated an understanding of the experience of obesity, were found to be less biased against patients who were obese.
The study was conducted by Marlene B. Schwartz and Kelly D. Brownell from the Department of Psychology at Yale University, Steven N. Blair from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas and others.
Schwartz MB, O’Neal Chambliss H, Brownell KD, Blair SN, Billington C. Weight bias among health professionals specializing in obesity. Obes Res. 2003 Sep, 11(9):1033-39.
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New Haven, CT 06520-8205
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