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I was once on a ward round where the consultant wouldn't even examine a patient who was morbidly obese and admitted hypoxic and septic. His attitude was very much 'what's the point - i won't be able to hear heart sounds, feel a pulse, palpate any organs' and so on.
This is a bit of an extreme example, but does it demonstrate a widespread (no pun intended) negative attitude towards obese people in our profession? A study from Australia looked into this by doing a literature review of published material containing terms like 'obesity' and 'attitudes'.
"The study indicates additional training is necessary to educate physicians in regard to treatment options for obesity and to address the persistent negative attitudes towards obese patients."
I'm not sure of the validity of the article's methods but are they right in their conclusion that doctors perceive obese patients to be lazy?