Thursday, January 28, 2010

Weight discrimination by Doctors

I just read an interesting article over at CNN called, "The surprising reason why being overweight isn't healthy." That surprising reason, which a lot of overweight people won't find surprising at all, is that doctors are biased towards overweight patients.

From the article:
"Our culture has enormous negativity toward overweight people, and doctors aren't immune," says Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Jerome Groopman, M.D., author of "How Doctors Think." "If doctors have negative feelings toward patients, they're more dismissive, they're less patient, and it can cloud their judgment, making them prone to diagnostic errors."

With nearly 70 million American women who are considered overweight, the implications of this new information is disturbing, to say the least.
While the article does have a few cringe worthy parts, I think overall it's really insightful (if not a bit frightening).

Mainly I wish the author wouldn't have used the picture she chose to accompany the article though:

Nothing new about a headless picture of fatties (cause they're not really human you know) but it's still a bit crass.

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