by laleskamichelle on September 11, 2013 - 12:17pm
Specialists treating eating disorders may be biased against overweight people, according to a study made by Yale University.
Medical care specialists are usually link to weight bias, and those who treat eating disorders are not the exception. This study made by Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University has shown that is very common that psychiatrist, therapists or social workers have negative thoughts about obese patients. 94 per cent of the specialist consulted agreed that these patients must be treated with compassion and respect, but in the other hand 49 per cent believed these patients don’t have enough motivation to change their lifestyle. They also commented obese patients have poor self-esteem and no willpower.
Most of eating disorders specialist focused on anorexia, and had left a side the overweight issues, being the anorexia an urgent problem. I think no one is perfect, as a doctor is very difficult to be always fair with all your patients, but at the end, the most important is to be respectful and try to not judge the patients.