Weight Bias

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Weight bias is negative attitudes, beliefs, judgments, stereotypes, and discriminatory acts aimed at individuals simply because of their weight. Bias can occur in all areas of life such as, school, healthcare, the workplace and even among family and friends. It also takes many forms – verbal, written, media, online and more. Weight bias is dehumanizing and damaging: it can cause adverse physical and psychological health outcomes and promotes a social norm that marginalizes people.

Accessing care for obesity can also be challenging for people. Healthcare providers should be sensitive to bias and language, and make accommodations for patient care, i.e. adequate furniture, equipment and an environment that accommodates a patient’s needs. A lack of sensitivity can lead to delayed medical appointments, lower quality care and more.

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