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Themes to reflect on as a health professional

Learn about some themes to reflect upon in relation to weight stigma.

Qualitative research involving interviews with people who had attended physiotherapy highlights the following themes that are important to reflect upon in relation to weight stigma:3, 15

These themes are applicable to health professionals in general and will be further explained in the coming pages:

1: The prominence of the body during consultations
2: The ‘fit’ health professional
3: Guilt, shame, self-consciousness, sense of failure
4: Need to understand weight management complexity
5: Specialised skills are required to support weight loss efforts
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