Posts Tagged ‘patient-centered care’

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 […]

ECO2022: Putting People First Internationally in Obesity

May 4, 2022 — With the opening of ECO2022 today, a talented team from Canada, Chile, and Ireland set an important theme. For years now, this team has been translating obesity care guidelines internationally to put people first. Not BMI. No more one size fits all. It starts with Canadian obesity guidelines that emerged in 2020. The concept that […]

Obesity Care: Taking a Longer View of Weight History

April 22, 2022 — In obesity care, the longer view of a weight history is essential to understanding a person’s journey of health. It’s all about the trajectory of a lifetime. For example, on Reddit a person reflects on their own history: “My current weight is the most I’ve ever weighed. At the moment I’m at 174 lbs. Before I […]

Managing Risks, Gaining Life in Type 2 Diabetes

April 19, 2022 — The problem with doing things to prolong your life is that all the extra years come at the end, when you’re old. Bob Mankoff captured this fundamental quandary in a New Yorker cartoon years ago. But the problem of managing health and risks remains on our minds nonetheless. So a new study in JAMA Network […]

News Flash: Listening and Motivation Don’t Cure Obesity

April 4, 2022 — Motivational interviewing (MI) is a foundational tool for obesity care. In this setting, it is all about listening, understanding, and bolstering a patient’s motivation in seeking care for obesity. But what should we make of the revelation about it last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine? A study found that it doesn’t, by itself, […]

Weight Neutral Healthcare: Cause for a Pause?

February 23, 2022 — Are we listening to each other? Not too much, it seems. It’s not even clear that we’re listening to ourselves. Often, we’re too busy making a point. Right now, we’re hearing a lot of people making points about weight neutral healthcare. Dani Donovan, a 30-year-old patient advocate with binge eating disorder recently found a medical […]

Very Different Responses to a Condition as an Identity

November 28, 2021 — Medical terms can carry a lot of baggage. Leprosy, cancer, diabetes, autism, and obesity are just a few examples. What they all have in common is that they describe conditions that can cause a lot of trouble, but either don’t or didn’t have an easy resolution. So to greater or lesser degrees, people attached stigma […]

FNCE: Starting with Lived Experience in Obesity Care

October 18, 2021 — All too often, the healthcare experiences of people living with obesity are appalling. And the reason is simple. For many professionals, all they can see is a fat person. More often than not, the answer to every health problem is “you should lose some weight” – irrespective of any consideration of the whole person. So […]

When Pregnancy, Diabetes, and Stigma Intersect

July 22, 2021 — “I remember just breaking down into tears,” says Safeera Hussainy about her diagnosis of gestational diabetes. This pharmacist and women’s health researcher from Melbourne eventually found empowerment. But new research suggests that this is not the usual case when pregnancy, diabetes, and stigma intersect. Weight stigma itself – even more than BMI – seems to […]

Serious, Thoughtful, and Rare Conversations About Obesity

June 22, 2021 — How rare is it to have serious and thoughtful conversations with primary care providers about obesity? Here’s a clue that it’s rare. Less than one in ten patients who might benefit from bariatric surgery discuss it with their doctor. Yet when this happens, things get better. Not everyone who discusses the surgery goes on to […]