What can we do to avoid discrimination against the obese?
A few years ago I had the pleasure of tutoring groups of medical students in their communication course. One topic on the syllabus was discrimination — an opportunity for the students to reflect on their own potential biases. During these sessions I discovered that most students could overcome racism, homophobia and religious prejudice quite readily, but had considerable difficulty in being non-judgemental about Australia’s most prevalent health condition: obesity.
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