Weight Bias

September 3rd, 2009 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

It is difficult to find any area of obesity untouched by issues of bias and discrimination. 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 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

Legal issues, see

Obesity and the Americans with Disabilities Act https://www.policyarchive.org/bitstream/handle/10207/4454/RS22609_20070222.pdf?sequence=1 Weight bias and Public Policy http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/reports/RuddWeightBiasReport2008.pdf

Law, Nutrition and Obesity http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/reports/RuddReportBellagioConference.pdf

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