Posts Tagged ‘bias in healthcare’

The Utility of Terror for Decisions on Child Health

January 27, 2023 — We count on newspapers for coming up with sensational headlines to inflame passions. Opinion pages seldom disappoint. But those flames of passion very often bring more heat than light. Such was the case yesterday when the New York Times published a sensational headline for an opinion article by a HAES activist, Virginia Sole-Smith. She wants […]

Weight Bias Not a Problem Here? Think Again

December 19, 2022 — Every now and then we have to suppress an eye roll when someone tells us that weight bias is not a relevant concern where they are. If only. We have to suppress an eyeroll and find a gentle way to encourage them to think again about the impact of weight bias in their setting. Two […]

The Gap Between Science and Culture in Obesity

November 22, 2022 — This is a note of gratitude to Julia Belluz. In a guest essay for the New York Times, she writes beautifully and accessibly about a great gap. It is the gap between science and popular culture in the matter of obesity. She does it while reporting on the recent Royal Society meeting about the causes […]

Immediate Harm of Weight Bias in Delayed Care

August 15, 2022 — Obesity is a slow burn. It erodes a person’s health over time, causing other diseases and an earlier death. In contrast, the harm of weight bias and stigma is immediate. First, there is the everyday onslaught of dehumanizing treatment one receives. A constant barrage of insults and slights creates stress that chips away at both […]

Can We Reduce Weight Bias in Healthcare?

August 11, 2022 — Weight bias in healthcare is getting in the way of meeting the primary mission of healthcare providers – improving the health of people seeking care. In fact, for people with severe obesity, there’s good reason to believe that weight bias in healthcare does more immediate harm that obesity itself. A brilliant new narrative synthesis in […]

Health at Every Size® or One Size Fits All?

June 26, 2022 — Health at Every Size® is both an idea and a trademark. The trademark is owned by the Association for Size Diversity and Health. The idea is all about a view of health independent of a person’s weight. So folks who travel in the HAES® orbit take a dim view of the word obesity – even […]

A Perfect Storm of Bias in Medical Care for Obesity

June 24, 2022 — It’s rare to find a robust conversation about medical care for obesity and the bias that gets in the way. But that’s exactly what the 1A podcast delivered yesterday. Fatima Cody Stanford, Lulu Garcia-Navarro, and Kamilah Weems joined the show to talk about the perfect storm of bias that gets in the way of good […]

Bias of Obesity Professionals: A Fork in the Road?

June 2, 2022 — A new study of professionals with an interest in obesity reminds us that implicit and explicit weight bias seem to be on different tracks. It’s as if there’s been a fork in the road. On one hand, these obesity-focused professionals were less likely to show explicit weight bias than control groups of other persons. But […]

Needed: New Primary Care Models for Obesity

May 26, 2022 — The need for new primary care models for obesity is plain. A recent systematic review tells us that primary care providers see it as difficult to discuss with patients, futile, rife with stigma, and more of a social problem. Thus it’s a low priority. But thoughtful people are seeking a way forward. Two contrasting views […]

Stepping Up to Shut Down Harmful Health Stigma

May 8, 2022 — Lourdes “Lulu” Garcia-Navarro has earned herself a new fan club. Simply, clearly, and better that most anyone who knows the subject of obesity, stigma, and health, she just told the world how weight stigma undermines our health. She showed us how health professionals are part of the problem. But most of all she showed us […]