Overcoming Stigma and Bias in Obesity Management


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

10 Mar 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Weight stigma, defined as the negative attitudes, beliefs, and stereotypes that society holds toward people who are overweight and people with obesity, exists in healthcare settings. Weight bias refers to an individual's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors towards someone with obesity. In the medical setting, the bias may result in discrimination, decreased access to care, and compromised health outcomes. Interprofessional healthcare team members may not recognize the occurrence or significance of this intentional or implicit bias. Stigma in healthcare leads to individuals postponing necessary medical attention due to fear of judgment or discrimination, delaying diagnoses and treatment.

Weight stigma may also strain relationships between clinicians and patients, hinder communication, and cause patients to comply less with prescribed treatment plans, resulting in suboptimal health outcomes. This activity describes the stigma associated with obesity and its consequences. Participating clinicians have the knowledge and tools to identify, address, and reduce its occurrence and deliver improved patient care.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify overt and implicit weight stigma and bias in healthcare within patient encounters.

  • Assess how weight stigma and bias negatively affect healthcare outcomes by hindering treatment adherence for patients with obesity.

  • Apply strategies to identify, address, and reduce stigmatizing behaviors in healthcare and design weight-friendly clinical environments. 

  • Implement strategies within the interprofessional team to prioritize well-being, recognizing the multifaceted nature of obesity and its impact on health.


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  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

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