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On My Mind
August 2015

The Weight of Stigma

Author Affiliations
  • 1New York University School of Medicine, New York
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(8):713. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.147

“You want to talk about his weight, don’t you?”

These were the words lobbed in my direction as I entered the room of a 13-year-old patient. Although it was the first day of my rotation in the well-child care clinic, there was nothing intimidating about this reserved boy, who was sitting quietly and listening to his mother. Still, I was somewhat concerned about navigating the topic of his weight gracefully.

“Are you concerned about it?” I asked.

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