Welcome to Supportive Obesity Care
Obesity occurs in over 40% of US adults and is recognized as chronic with a complex etiology.1 Our society can be hostile toward people with high weight, who commonly face judgment, prejudice, and unfair treatment in their daily lives, including the healthcare setting.2 Weight stigma is harmful to health and well-being3,4 and creates barriers to effective patient care.5-8
While society often assumes people to be personally responsible for their weight, research indicates that body weight is determined by multiple factors, many that are outside of an individual’s control.9,10 Healthcare professionals often find it difficult to broach the topics of weight and weight management with patients. Optimal patient care requires an understanding and awareness of weight stigma, its impact on health, and the strategies necessary to reduce bias.8
The topics on this website range from the pathophysiology of obesity to how to have supportive conversations with patients about weight, offering practical knowledge and strategies that are applicable in everyday clinical practice. The goal is simple: to equip healthcare professionals with knowledge and tools to provide more respectful, supportive, and compassionate care to patients of all body sizes.
Learner Journey Overview
Weight stigma is harmful and long-lasting, contributing to emotional distress, poor physical health, and reduced quality of life.8
This problem extends to the healthcare setting, where weight bias is present and creates barriers to effective patient care.
Obesity is a chronic, relapsing, and progressive disease driven by the interaction of multiple factors beyond food intake and physical activity, many of which are beyond an individual’s control. These include biologic factors, genetic factors, environmental influences, and social determinants of health.9 The heritability of body weight has been estimated at 40–77%.10 ,11
This website is for educational purposes only and includes resources to help healthcare professionals deliver supportive and compassionate patient care to people of diverse body sizes. The site does not contain information about any Lilly products and has no commercial intent.
Copyright © 2024 UConn Rudd Center. All rights reserved.
VV-MED-151325 © 2024 Lilly USA, LLC. All rights reserved.