The Hidden Dangers of Judging People by Their Weight: doctors act less empathetic toward obese and overweight patients

Recent research suggests even doctors are biased against overweight and obese people. These prejudices can have dangerous consequences, here’s why we need to start talking about weight stigma in a better way.


News outlets across the globe have jumped to cover a study that found doctors act less empathetic toward obese and overweight patients than they do toward patients who are not overweight or obese. According to the findings, doctors weren’t any less likely to provide medical advice to overweight and obese patients, but they were less likely to develop emotional rapport. Researchers say that’s possibly because doctors hold negative views of overweight and obese people, or have less respect for them.

by Shana Lebowitz