Blog post by Keisha Ray focuses on anti-fat bias

By Angela Gomez, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
April 23, 2019

Reflecting on personal experience, Keisha Ray, PhD, authored a blog post on about fat bias titled, “Going to the Doctor While Fat.” Ray describes her experience of a doctor’s appointment to discuss her concern with rapid weight gain. Despite Ray’s best attempts to show proof of positive behaviors in nutrition and fitness, she was faced with skepticism and disinterest.

Ray uses this anecdote to share that such experiences are common and that studies have shown individuals with fat “face suspicion, discrimination, and poor care from their caregivers.” Indeed, these patients are often perceived as more likely to be noncompliant and their weight to be associated with moral failure, as found in research studies.

Ray concludes by stating that becoming aware of weight stigma and fat bias is necessary to begin mending caregiver-patient relationships.