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Incorporating Fat Pedagogy into Health Care Training: Evidence-Informed Recommendations
Weight Bias in Health Education: Critical Perspectives for Pedagogy and Practice
Heather A Brown, Nancy Ellis-Ordway
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In recognition of the problem of weight bias in health care training and among health care professionals, some researchers are examining the efficacy of interventions to reduce weight bias and improve interactions with fat patients. In a review of 17 studies, Alberga et al. (2016) reported a lack of evidence for efficacious weight-stigma reduction interventions among health care professionals. In this chapter, we comprehensively review the efficacy of existing interventions to reduce weight bias among health care professionals and trainees and critically examine them from the perspective of fat pedagogy (Cameron & Russell, 2016). This is done in an effort to provide evidence-informed recommendations to educators and practitioners that are ethical and weight-inclusive. Fat pedagogy views weight oppression as a serious problem and education as an important intervention (Cameron & Russell, 2016). At its core, fat pedagogy is a radical endeavor to disrupt the status quo: it seeks to increase visibility of interlocking systems of weight oppression and make a positive difference in fat people's lives. Fat pedagogy is built upon basic tenets of size acceptance (Cameron, 2015). In this way, fat pedagogy is distinctly weight-inclusive in recognizing that fatness is not inherently unhealthy and that weight and health are distinct concepts (Tylka et al., 2014).
health care training, health education, pedagogy, practice, weight bias
Schmidt, A. M.,
Brochu, P. M.
(2021). Incorporating Fat Pedagogy into Health Care Training: Evidence-Informed Recommendations. Weight Bias in Health Education: Critical Perspectives for Pedagogy and Practice.
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