Weight shame deters patients

Dr Rick Kausman said overweight patients who experienced weight discrimination were more likely to avoid routine preventive care such as breast examinations and Pap smears.

Although terms such as ‘fat’, ‘obese’ and ‘morbidly obese’ may simply be morally neutral to doctors, they are now regarded by patients as highly stigmatising, he said. 

As well as using terminology such as ‘above their most healthy weight’