Andria Bianchi
University of Waterloo
This case study considers the ethical defensibility of recommending weight loss as a treatment for patients with higher body mass indexes. Recommending weight loss may be motivated by clinicians’ biases toward people living in larger bodies, misperceptions about weight and its relevancy to overall health, and a failure to consider other ethical factors such as those related to equity and the social determinants of health.
Keywords social determinants   weight cycling   weight bias   weight stigma   weight inclusive
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DOI 10.7202/1070228ar
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