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Doctors are less likely to respect patients who are overweight or obese

June 3, 2022

Research has long shown that doctors are less likely to respect patients who are overweight or obese.  This may result in blaming all of a patient’s problems on obesity and telling them to simply eat less and exercise more, without doing a careful investigation to find out the true cause of a health concern.  “This is almost like malpractice. You have these physicians or clinicians — whoever they are — relating everything to the patient’s obesity without investigation,” one expert explained in a recent article, below.

To counter that, in June the Association of American Medical Colleges plans to roll out new diversity, equity, and inclusion standards aimed at teaching new doctors, among other things, about respectful treatment of people diagnosed as overweight or obese.  Hopefully, there will be some education of all currently practicing doctors as well.

If you believe you were injured by a military doctor’s failure to timely investigate your health concerns, we can help.  You may e-mail us at LawHelp@MilitaryMedicalMalpractice.com, call us at 877-695-8757 (24/7), fill out the contact form on the right side of this page, or live chat with us on the web site.  Free, confidential consultation.  There is no fee unless we get a recovery for you.


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