Reducing Obesity Prejudice in Medical Education

Kabir Matharu, Johanna F. Shapiro, Rachel R. Hammer, Richard L. Kravitz, Machelle D. Wilson, Faith T. Fitzgerald

Healthcare worker attitudes toward obese individuals facilitate discrimination and contribute to poor health outcomes. Previous studies have demonstrated medical student bias toward obese individuals, but few have examined effects of the educational environment on these prejudicial beliefs. We sought to determine whether an innovative educational intervention (reading a play about obesity) could diminish obesity prejudice relative to a standard medical lecture.

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