May 10, 2023 – Health care professionals should check their own biases about their patients’ weight, a leading group of experts said this week. 

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinology makes recommendations aimed at reducing weight bias, or negative ideas about excess body weight, as well as weight stigma, defined as thoughts and acts of discrimination toward people due to their weight and size. 

The statement also asks professionals to survey patients with obesity about internalized weight bias, or when a person feels negatively about themselves due to their weight.

“The real message from the document is that we have to acknowledge bias in…


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