Biases Make More Difficult To Overcome Obesity

by Haimantee Ghosh May 17, 2019

The biggest hurdles which become very problematic for obese children are the concept of the negative stereotype about their condition that their undisciplined and lazy gesture and don’t care attitude for their own well-being. Those expectations, however, emerge from the same doctors, nurses and health care professionals who treat obese patients.

An obesity specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital of Boston, Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford told in an assembly addressing on a medical issue, that stigma and bias against overweight children and often their parents are “ very pervasive” in the healthcare industry.

She claimed those attitudes – expressed through a careless remark of a doctor, heartless queries or negative expectations about a patient’s family can have a physical and psychological impact. The researches show that bias against obese young people can provoke release the stress hormones, additionally preventing weight loss.

The long term negative effect  of stress always tend the children to push towards the discomfort of adulthood, claims Stanford, and the mind setup can determine “ whether they’re going to avoid care, whether they’re going to be reluctant to take advice.”

During a panel. Stanford made her remarks, “ What Frontline Providers Treating Children Need to Know”, part of the US News Combating Childhood Obesity summit at the Children Hospital of Texas.

The event assembled the top medical experts, pediatricians, hospital executives, and community health leaders, promotes to exchange ideas and share practices that are assisting for fighting the obesity epidemic across the nation.

Stanford along with her co-panelist, Dr. Ihuoma Eneli,  the director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at children’s hospitals across the nation, agreeing that obesity is generally seen as a moral failure. Besides, according to the physicians the patients who don’t understand about the helplessness of the patient, have a disease which requires medical interruption, and rebuking the patients increasing the problem. Researches exhibit that two out of three health care providers “ have very low expectations of their patients in managing their weight. That in itself is a bias”, according to Eneli. She also added, “we think it’s all about the will power. We think it’s about self-control ” while breaching the underlying issues such as genetics, socioeconomic status, as well as family dynamics.

Eneli also added, “ some patients say the reason we’re struggling with weight is that we’re big-boned. The first thing (caregivers should) say is, ‘I agree with you. You must affirm and you must hear. The key is to be humble enough to be able to listen to find that area of affirmation” that puts the patient at ease ”.

Stanford cited a finer point on it, remembering a friend who recalled that, decades earlier, while they were both children Stanford told her once she was fat.

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