Ask yourself a few questions to assess your attitude toward patients with excess weight.
How do I feel when I work with patients of different body sizes and excess weight?
Do I make judgments about a person’s character, intelligence, or abilities based solely on their weight or appearance?
Consider your body language when discussing weight with your patients. Are your arms crossed over your chest? Do you make any empathetic gestures such as a tap on their shoulder or knee? Are you sitting or standing?
When discussing weight with a patient, am I using person-centered language and avoiding labeling and judgmental terms?