Our modern obesity epidemic causes significant emotional pain and physical disability and is associated with numerous serious health risks. Sadly, our health care system as a whole continues to struggle to meet the medical and psychological needs of people suffering with this condition that now affects 40% of American adults and 20% of American children, according to the CDC.
Providing effective, compassionate, respectful care begins by fundamentally altering the way we healthcare professionals think about obesity. In this post, I talk about the importance of identifying and addressing the underlying cause of obesity: insulin resistance. I also offer ten strategies that I believe medical practitioners should consider in order to better meet the emotional and health needs of our obese patients.
Read the complete article “Changing How Doctors View Obesity” on my Psychology Today blog.