Yet again, a relevant article in a major UK newspaper.
Though the word "thyroid" appears in neither the newspaper article nor the research paper.
Obese patients ‘being weight-shamed by doctors and nurses’
Exclusive: Research shows some people skip medical appointments because they feel humiliated by staff
Doctors and nurses often “weight-shame” people who are overweight or obese, leaving them feeling anxious, depressed and wrongly blaming themselves for their condition, research has found.
Such behaviour, although usually the result of “unconscious weight bias”, leads to people not attending medical appointments, feeling humiliated and being more likely to put on weight.
The problem is so widespread around the world that health professionals need to be taught as students that excess weight is almost guaranteed in modern society and not the fault of individuals, so they treat people more sensitively, according to the authors of the study, who have shared their findings with the Guardian.
Rest of Guardian article here:
This is the paper behind the newspaper article:
Effective strategies in ending weight stigma in healthcare
Britta Talumaa, Adrian Brown, Rachel L. Batterham, Anastasia Z. Kalea
First published: 07 August 2022
Full paper freely accessible here:
Please try to keep replies on topic!
Read that this morning.It's quite disgraceful.
The last time I was in a hospital what struck me was the number of overweight staff!!!
People who live in glasshouses etc!!
I can't accuse my GP of that. She is extremely thin.
(Saw her this morning which is why it was still in my mind.)
I agree. I have always seen seriously obese medical professionals at the hospital, many nurses are waddling when walking. Some GPs are also obese. Yet they feel justified of pointing the finger at overweight patients. A ploy in delaying and refusing treatment for such patients. They should lead by example and avoiding sanctimonious judgment.
Absolutely! I'd say 90% of nurses are obese or at least overweight.
My mum was advised to lose weight by one at our local surgery. She looked at the nurse's excess "baggage" and smiled!
Of course, when I say "advised" to lose weight, I mean it was proposed as there was no advice on to how to do it (unsurprisingly considering the nurse's appearance). Fortunately for mum, I've studied Naturopathic Nutrition for past 3y so I advised her how to do it sustainably. She's lost 2+ stone and kept it off which she had always been unable to do with Weight Watchers etc.
What advice did you give your mum, would love to hear some tips
It's based on healthier eating plus some other things but depends on several factors which are often specific to the individual (1 reason WW is flawed). And its sustainable largely by ongoing education of the patient.
So impossible to do successfully via an online forum, I'm afraid.
I'll probably specialise in that area when I start my practice early next year but meanwhile you could search for other NNs.