Doctors may be Negatively Biased Against Obese Patients

by Kathy Jones on Nov 10 2012 8:52 PM

 Doctors may be Negatively Biased Against Obese Patients
Negative perception of obese people is not just limited to the general public after a new study published in the journal PLoS One revealed that doctors too were negatively biased against obese patients, even if they themselves were overweight.
The study, led by Janice Sabin of University of Washington, collected the responses of more than 2,200 doctors who were part of a larger sample of 360,000 participants. They were asked to take a computer test in which two types of bias were recorded, one where they were aware of it and another which was at a subconscious level.

The researchers found that doctors who were underweight, normal weight or over weight had a strong bias against obese people while doctors who were obese had a moderate bias. The negative perception was constant across all gender and races though female doctors were slightly less biased against obese people compared to male doctors.