Wednesday, April 7, 2010
There is a stigma to being obese. There is even evidence, as found by surveys, that physicians
"openly admit having negative attitudes towards obese patients. They say they are dissatisfied in caring for obese patients. They find it uncomfortable, unpleasant and not professionally rewarding." A recent JAMA study, however, shows that the obese do NOT get worse care. In fact, in many cases, obese and overweight patients have a better chance of getting optimal care compared to normal-weight patients.
This is a tough job and getting tougher as our country gets fatter by the day. Having negative attitudes toward any group, however, is not right but at least physicians still give their all to help them. We should be given credit for that.
Posted by Authentic Medicine Blog at 6:28 AM