Episode 25: Confronting Weight Bias in Healthcare

“You need to lose weight. You need to lose weight. You need to lose weight”. For Dr. Jennifer (Jenn) C. Dunn, her weight has been the primary focus of her clinical appointments, so much so that when she went to see a physician for a cold, she was told to lose weight. In this podcast, Jenn reminds us of weight bias and its impact on individuals who are diagnosed with obesity. “The way that people treat me has a bigger impact on me than I feel that my actual weight does.” Jenn offers suggestions for clinicians in training when communicating with patients and advice for how to speak up and advocate for yourself when facing obesity stigma.


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