Weight Bias

September 26th, 2009 by LHill Leave a reply »

It is difficult to find any area of obesity untouched by issues of bias and discrimination.Is obesity stigmatizing? Body weight, perceived di…[J Health Soc Behav. 2005] – PubMed Result Perhaps the stigmatization associated with obesity is as great as for any human condition. Not only does stigmatization take a terrible toll on individuals’ life in society but it directly affects the health care they do, or do not, receive. The Yale Rudd Center on Food Policy and Obesity is the leading academic center focused on weight bias and discrimination. Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity — Home. MD

Weight bias is increasing in the United States without any legal or societal restraints. Changes in perceived weight discrimination among A…[Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008] – PubMed Result

Overweight and obese report stigmatizing encounters across a variety of settings but ones involving personal relationships seem hardest to take. Weight stigmatization and bias reduction: perspect…[Health Educ Res. 2008] – PubMed Result

Weight stigmatization may result in high rates of depression in severe or morbidly obese patients. Depressed mood in class III obesity predicted by w…[Obes Surg. 2007] – PubMed Result

Weight Bias http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/bias/Bias-DiscriminationAgainstObese.pdf

Weight Discrimination compared to race and gender discrimination http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/economics/WeightDiscrim-Prevalence-Comparison.pdf

Origins of Weight Bias and ways to reduce bias http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/bias/OriginsOfWeightBias-WaysToReduce.pdf

Childhood stigmatization see,

Stigmatization of obese children and adolescents, …[Obes Rev. 2008] – PubMed Result

No change in weight-based teasing when school-base…[Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008] – PubMed Result

Associations of weight-based teasing and emotional…[Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003] – PubMed Result

Weight-teasing among adolescents: correlations wit…[Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2002] – PubMed Result

Racial/ethnic differences in weight-related teasin…[Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008] – PubMed Result

Effect on provision of health care

Undertreatment of obese women undergoing cancer therapy: Arch Intern Med — Abstract: Undertreatment of Obese Women Receiving Breast Cancer Chemotherapy, June 13, 2005, Griggs et al. 165 (11): 1267

Weight Bias in Health Care Settings, http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/bias/WeightBiasInHealthCareSettings.pdf