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Stereotypes about over-weight and obese people are all too common in society and now new research in the International Journal of Eating Disorders reveals that these derisory views are also common in health professionals.
329 professionals who treat eating disorders, from therapists to doctors, were assessed for 'weight bias' and were asked about the perceived causes of obesity, how much attention they gave to obese patients and the likelihood that their prescribed treatments would be complied with.
Although 88% of professionals were prepared to provide treatment to obese patients, the majority, 56%, reported that other professionals in their field made negative comments about obese patients. 42% believed that practitioners who treat eating disorders often have negative stereotypes about obese patients.
International Journal of Eating Disorders - Article first published online: 5 SEP 2013 DOI: 10.1002/eat.22186
Rebecca M. Puhl PhD, Janet D. Latner PhD, Kelly M. King MPH, Joerg Luedicke MS
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