Fear of Fat Talk Kept Me From My Doctor for a Decade
October 08, 2014
Evidence-Based Diabetes Management
Motivating overweight patients to lose weight and improve their health is among the most difficult challenges facing the healthcare system. In recent years, studies have examined the doctor-patient relationship, where many conversations about weight loss first occur. These encounters may set the course for an overweight person's overall experience with the healthcare system. In fact, a new survey from Johns Hopkins found that 21% of overweight patients felt judged by their primary care doctor and were less likely to trust that person's advice.1 To understand how such an encounter can affect an overweight patient-and what it takes them to change-Evidence-Based Diabetes Management invited Tory Johnson of Good Morning America and author of The Shift to share her experience.