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Medical News & Perspectives
February 20, 2019

Addressing Medicine’s Bias Against Patients Who Are Overweight

JAMA. 2019;321(10):925-927. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.0048

According to her obituary, Ellen Maud Bennett had felt unwell for a few years before her death in May 2018.

But the physicians Bennett consulted couldn’t see past the extra pounds she carried. If she’d only lose weight, she’d feel better, they told her.

Finally, a physician must have suspected another reason for her malaise, because Bennett was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer just days before her death at age 64 years.