Clinician supportively explaining the causes of obesity.

Supportive healthcare

Tools and strategies to reduce weight stigma can improve communication and quality of care for patients with obesity.1

Video by Rebecca Puhl about improving healthcare for people of all body sizes

How can we improve healthcare for people of all body sizes?

Professor Puhl highlights how we can adapt our attitudes, language, and environment to provide satisfactory care.

Video by Dr. Rebecca Puhl illustrating communication techniques to avoid weight stigma.

Communicating with compassion and respect to dispel stigma

Learn what forms of communication to use (and avoid) for optimizing supportive conversations with patients.

Creating a welcoming and safe office environment

Tips to ensure that people of all body sizes are welcomed in the healthcare environment.


Handout about creating a welcoming clinician’s office for people with high weight.
Tools for chatting with a patient with high weight

Improving clinician-patient communication in healthcare

Strategies for facilitating supportive and respectful communication with patients.


Research shows that people with obesity are less likely to receive adequate healthcare.2 Healthcare professionals often find it difficult to broach the topic of weight with patients. As these conversations can leave patients feeling judged, shamed, and misunderstood, it’s important that healthcare professionals are well equipped to have supportive and respectful conversations with patients and provide a welcoming environment.

Clinician confidently delivering weight management in a supportive environment.

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Video where Dr. Puhl explains patient-centric language

Making language patient-centric

Professor Puhl shares ways to engage in supportive language when discussing weight-related health with patients.

Video by Dr. Jaime Almondoz about explaining pathophysiology to patients

How to explain obesity pathophysiology to patients and why this matters

Dr. Jaime Almandoz discusses how to talk with patients about the pathophysiology of obesity.

Handout showing motivational interviewing is a useful tool when discussing weight management.

Motivational interviewing

How to use motivational interviewing, an evidence-based approach for guiding behavior change, with example scripts for patient interactions.

Tools to use for reflective listening.

Reflective listening

How to use reflective listening strategies to improve the quality of your communication with patients of diverse body sizes.

Tools to use for patient-centered communication.

Patient-centered language

A summary of how to use patient-centered language when talking about body weight.

Guided self-reflection on ways to engage in supportive and compassionate patient care

Two case scenarios offer opportunities to reflect on strategies to improve supportive patient care.


Smiling Medical Provider Having Enthusiastic Conversation with Patient


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