Doctors May Be Less Empathetic Toward Fat Patients

According to a recent study published in Obesity, physicians may be less empathetic toward obese and overweight patients.  The study did not find that physicians provided less quality care to obese and overweight patients.  However, the “lack of emotional rapport” can significantly impact whether a patient follows his or her physician’s medical advice.  As a result, Dr. Kimberly A. Gudzune, the lead researcher on the study, believes that physicians should increase efforts to empathize with overweight and obese patients. Providing this type of emotional support can play a critical role in developing a long-lasting healthy lifestyle.

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