Anti-Fat Bias in Healthcare with Dr. Kimberly Gudzune, MD
In Part 6a, Dr. Gudzune speaks about the prevalence of anti-fat bias in our culture and within the healthcare system. She explains her research on patient-doctor communication and how anti-fat bias has negative effects on both patient and doctor. Dr. Gudzune discusses patient advocacy, medical school training in communications, and online programs for practicing physicians as avenues for furthering the conversation about weight bias and obesity. In Part 6b, Dr. Gudzune explores the need for more and different training in medical schools about the nature of obesity and also anti-fat bias. She tells us that through Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act, small steps have been made to include obesity counseling as a covered benefit, but much more also needs to happen on the policy level. She emphasizes again that physicians need to develop stronger communication skills, and envisions a future where doctors look beyond science alone, and really include the patient’s social, cultural, and emotional life circumstances in optimizing patient care. Dr. Kimberly Gudzune is board-certified in Internal Medicine and is a diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is core faculty at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins University, and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University Medical School.
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