Lege Artis Medicinae

[Attitudes towards obesity in the health care system]

CZEGLÉDI Edit1

OCTOBER 21, 2020

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2020;30(10)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33616/lam.30.037

[Bias, prejudice and discrimination are part of the everyday life of people with obesity, even in the health care system. Obesity-related prejudices can lead to disrespectful, humiliating treatment of pa­tients with excess weight and impair the quality of care for patients. There is a bidirectional relationship between stigmatization of obesity and obesity: discrimination against obesity is frequent, while stigmatization experiences lead to additional weight gain and result in avoidance of health care, and health deterioration and increas­ed risk of mortality. The aim of the study is to raise awareness among professionals about obesity-related prejudices and dis­crimination, and to present strategies to reduce stigmatization of obesity in the health care system. All this will serve better care and may have public health significance in the long run.]

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  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Magatartástudományi Intézet/Semmelweis University

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