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Yale Announces Course on Weight Bias in Healthcare

The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity announced Yale University's new online course on weight bias for physicians, nurses and healthcare providers is now available.

The course, Weight Bias in Clinical Settings: Improving Health Care Delivery for Obese Patients, aims to increase awareness of the sources of weight bias in healthcare and provides a range of practical strategies to optimize the healthcare experience for overweight and obese patients.

By taking the course, healthcare professionals can learn to:  

  • Recognize the sources of weight bias in healthcare settings.
  • Describe the physical and emotional consequences of weight bias for overweight and obese patients.
  • Identify personal biases and become sensitive to weight bias in their practice.
  • Develop effective communication strategies to improve interactions with overweight and obese patients.
  • Identify specific strategies to improve accessibility and comfort for obese patients in the medical office environment.
  • Gain access to a variety of resources to improve their competency in caring for overweight and obese patients.

Course credits can be obtained by reviewing the course, completing the quiz and simple evaluation form. The course is accredited by the Yale School of Medicine for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

For more information about the course, contact Rebecca Puhl, PhD, Director of Research and Anti-Stigma Initiatives, Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, at 

More information about the Yale Rudd Center is available at 

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