Supportive Obesity Care to Reduce Weight Bias

Supportive Obesity Care

Weight stigma exists in many aspects of our society, and the healthcare setting is no exception. People with higher weight face bias and stigma from physicians, nurses, psychologists, dietitians, medical students, and even healthcare professionals who specialize in obesity. Stigmatizing attitudes from medical professionals include stereotypes that people with higher body weight are lazy, lacking in willpower, unmotivated to improve health, and noncompliant with treatment.  When patients feel judged or stigmatized about their body weight, this can lead to lower trust of their healthcare providers, poorer quality of care, and avoidance of healthcare.

To equip healthcare professionals with knowledge and tools to provide more respectful, supportive, and compassionate care to patients of all body sizes, we have created Supportive Obesity Care, a free, educational, and evidence-based resource. 

The Supportive Obesity Care website, which the Rudd Center developed in collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company, aims to educate clinicians about the damaging effects of weight stigma on patients, raise awareness of how weight stigma manifests in the healthcare setting, and offer practical strategies that are applicable in everyday clinical practice to improve supportive patient care. We invite you to use and share the educational videos, podcasts, and handouts throughout this website.

Supportive Obesity Care - Weight Stigma

Video: Weight Bias in Healthcare

In this video, Professor Rebecca Puhl provides a summary of weight stigma in healthcare and how this creates barriers for effective patient care. This resource can be found on the Supportive Obesity Care website - a collection of educational videos, podcasts, and handouts designed for use by healthcare professionals.

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Video: Understanding Weight Stigma and Strategies to Improve Patient Care

This video combines content from several videos on the Supportive Obesity Care website, providing a comprehensive overview of weight stigma, its impact on health, and strategies to reduce weight bias in patient care. This longer video (55:12) is appropriate for educational purposes in courses, seminars, staff training, and Grand Rounds presentations.

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