Study: 39% of medical students show bias against obese patients

05/28/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Thirty-nine percent of medical students demonstrated moderate to strong bias against obese patients, 17% had an anti-thin bias, and less than a quarter of the students were aware of their biases, a study in the Journal of Academic Medicine found. "Because anti-fat stigma is so prevalent and a significant barrier to the treatment of obesity, teaching medical students to recognize and mitigate this bias is crucial to improving the care for the two-thirds of American adults who are now overweight or obese," said lead researcher Dr. David Miller.

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