New research shows being fat-shamed can be a health hazard

A new review highlights the health dangers of being fat-shamed by a doctor.

— -- Being fat-shamed at the doctor's office can be harmful to a person't mental and physical health, according to a comprehensive new review of research published Thursday.

"Disrespectful treatment and medical fat-shaming ... is stressful and can cause patients to delay health care seeking or avoid interacting with providers," reads the abstract for the new review by Joan C. Chrisler and Angela Barney, researchers at Connecticut College's department of psychology.

In extreme cases, it can cause a doctor to assume that a patient's weight is responsible for a myriad of health conditions and lead to a misdiagnosis, researchers said.

In the review, researchers called for better training for health care providers so that patients of all sizes are treated with respect.

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