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Program may reduce physician bias towards obesity

08:00 EDT 10 Aug 2017 | Healio

Convincing a medical professional to think of obesity as being a treatable condition lowered the bias they had towards people with obesity, according to research that recently appeared in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “We know there are economic, cultural, political and environmental elements causing this problem, yet our approach to treatment puts sole responsibility on the patient's behavior. It's not unlike the way we treated depression 40 years ago. Only, instead of telling people to 'get over it', we say, 'just eat right and exercise,'" Michael Clearfield, DO, dean of Touro University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California, said in press release. “I think it’s pretty obvious that what we’ve been doing isn’t working.”

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