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More than one-third of medical students harbor substantial bias toward obese people but aren’t aware of it, according to a recent study.
Researchers administered a validated test to more than 300 medical students to measure biases against obese individuals. One-third of the students self-reported a moderate or strong bias against obese individuals and none reported an anti-thin bias. An even greater proportion (39%) harbored implicit biases toward obese individuals compared with 17% who harbor an implicit anti-thin bias. Two-thirds of the students with an implicit bias were unaware of it.
From JAMA’s Daily News Site. JAMA. 2013;310(5):469. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.76669