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The Effect of Weight Bias on Cardiovascular Disease Treatment

Date

4-8-2022

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Schewel 208

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In recent times, the condition of obesity has been recognized as a multi-faceted chronic disease with the most recent recognition coming from the American Medical Association (AMA) in 2013. The decision to mark obesity as a complex chronic disease has been a controversial one among lay society as well as in the medical community. Moreover, discussions surrounding this decision served to highlight an ongoing discourse on the treatment of persons of size by the medical community and its ongoing effects. This presentation will be a review of the causational relationship between recorded weight bias, in healthcare providers, society at large, and internalized, and negative health outcomes. In addition, the increased rate of recorded obesity is often tied to the increased incidence of cardiovascular disease in the population, therefore, it is imperative to discuss the causes of this relationship and an updated course of treatment. Moreover, the purpose of this review of literature is to evaluate the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in people who are considered overweight and obese and review the evidence on the consequences of weight bias on health. Furthermore, this review will explore the intersectionality of health disparities along with both weight and racial lines.

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The Effect of Weight Bias on Cardiovascular Disease Treatment

Schewel 208

In recent times, the condition of obesity has been recognized as a multi-faceted chronic disease with the most recent recognition coming from the American Medical Association (AMA) in 2013. The decision to mark obesity as a complex chronic disease has been a controversial one among lay society as well as in the medical community. Moreover, discussions surrounding this decision served to highlight an ongoing discourse on the treatment of persons of size by the medical community and its ongoing effects. This presentation will be a review of the causational relationship between recorded weight bias, in healthcare providers, society at large, and internalized, and negative health outcomes. In addition, the increased rate of recorded obesity is often tied to the increased incidence of cardiovascular disease in the population, therefore, it is imperative to discuss the causes of this relationship and an updated course of treatment. Moreover, the purpose of this review of literature is to evaluate the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in people who are considered overweight and obese and review the evidence on the consequences of weight bias on health. Furthermore, this review will explore the intersectionality of health disparities along with both weight and racial lines.