Overcoming Weight Bias: A Clinical Psychologist’s Perspective

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Overcoming Weight Bias: A Clinical Psychologist’s Perspective

April 2, 2024

Overcoming Weight Bias: A Clinical Psychologist’s Perspective

Is obesity a mental health issue? Is it “right” for people to take the new obesity drugs if they aren’t obese but simply want to lose weight? This episode is not a patient story, but the perspective and experience of a clinical health psychologist who specializes in eating and weight-related issues. Dr. Robyn Pashby talks about the vicious shame-blame cycle of obesity and how patients have autonomy when discussing weight with their doctor.

Key Takeaways:

  • Erase a FAULT mindset. Yes, obesity is complex…but it’s not someone’s fault. Shaming and blaming yourself – or others – simply makes it worse. This bias is embedded in our society, but you have control of your own mindset.
  • Ask for consent. Robyn talked about the importance of clinicians asking permission from patients before talking to them about their weight. But, asking for consent also applies when you approach a friend, a sibling, a parent, a spouse, or even your child who is struggling with weight or body image issues. Ask their permission and be ready to accept and respect “no” as an answer.


More about Dr Robyn Pashby:

Robyn’s Instagram: @robynpashbyphd

Get in touch with Archelle

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