Weight bias refers to negative stereotypes of patients with obesity that frequently lead to prejudice and discrimination.  Weight bias can leave you feeling down, depressed, stressed, ashamed, and even angry. Research shows that patients who experience weight bias in a healthcare setting are more likely to gain weight, rather than lose it!  So how do you avoid suffering from weight bias?

Weight bias in healthcare can range from a provider spending less time with their patients who suffer from obesity, to overt ridicule related to weight.  The consequences of this treatment can result in receiving poor medical care to a higher likelihood of weight gain and depression.  So what can you do?

First and foremost, you are your best advocate.  If you feel yo