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Obesity stigma is common in our society, and a general stigma towards obesity has also been documented in physicians. We hypothesized that physician respect for patients would be lower in patients with higher body mass index (BMI).
METHODS: We analyzed data from the baseline visit of 40 physicians and 238 patients enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of patient-physician communication. The independent variable was BMI, and the outcome was physician respect for the patient. We performed Poisson regression analyses with robust variance estimates, accounting for clustering of patients within physicians, to examine the association between BMI and physician ratings of respect for particular patients.
This article by Eric M. Matheson, MS, MD, Dana E. King, MS, MD, and Charles J. Everett, PhD demonstrates that “Healthy lifestyle habits are associated with a signiﬁcant decrease in mortality regardless of baseline body mass index.”
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