Doctors Also Biased Against Fat People
But does that result in worse health care?
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2012 4:43 PM CST
A doctor looks at an overweight patient.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Think a clipboard and smock makes someone any less prejudiced? Turns out doctors are about as biased as the general public against overweight people, according to a new study. There's no proof that obese patients get treated differently, but the study of 360,000 people—including 2,284 doctors—did find high levels of prejudice among doctors, slightly worse among male doctors. Overweight doctors, however, were more understanding about overweight patients, LiveScience reports.

The study shows that doctors need training in the dangers of weight bias, says one researcher. "Weight bias jeopardizes patients' emotional and physical health, and that some patients may even avoid future health care because of weight bias in the health care setting," says Rebecca Puhl, a food and obesity expert at Yale. As if overweight people didn't have enough health problems—like a higher chance of stroke, diabetes, and brains that "age" faster.

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right2dave
Nov 13, 2012 9:03 AM CST
Have you noticed how obese most doctors are?
DougMasters
Nov 12, 2012 7:46 AM CST
"The study shows that doctors need training in the dangers of weight bias, says one researcher. "Weight bias jeopardizes patients' emotional and physical health, and that some patients may even avoid future health care because of weight bias in the health care setting,"" But then.... " There's no proof that obese patients get treated differently" Is this article schitzo? Patients may avoid future health care because Dr.'s are assholes? Fuck if that were the case none of us would go to the Dr. Last time I had to see my mom in the hospital the nurse was rude as fuck to me over simple questions like "I am here to see my mother her name is _________ How do I go about getting back to see her" It's called grow a thicker skin. Hata's gonna hate. You will never cure Bias 100 percent. And every workplace will have a certain bias that goes along with it. Trying to cure "bias" is the wrong direction. Now curing someone's inability to cope with their own bias without being a dick, is in fact the right direction and one should fully expect to be able to employ someone who has their bias under control... After all you're getting paid to treat people not to think happy thoughts about them in your head. As for people not wanting to seek care in general, that's there choice but lets be honest you do not have a right to go through life with everyone liking you. But you do have a right to pay for a service and have someone not be a dickhead.
janelanejones
Nov 12, 2012 1:14 AM CST
i once gained 30 pounds in one year after severely hurting my back because i couldn't do anything. i walked on a cane. switched health plans so had a new doctor after all that. go in and the new doc says my back problems are because i'm overweight. fucking brilliant. basically the doctor had no answer so blamed the patient instead. i canceled my medical plan and spent the money on chiropractors and massage therapists instead. i got better and everything, including my weight, is back to normal. stupid good-for-nothing medical doctors. i only use them if i absolutely have to.