Why is Weight Stigma the Last Socially Accepted Prejudice?

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Mon, Sep 25, 2017

People who struggle with the disease of obesity may have a difficult time socially – and there’s a reason for that. Weight stigma is still socially accepted while other forms of prejudice are not.

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When, Where, Why and How to Report Weight Bias Issues

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Weight bias is one of the few social biases that is our modern society accepts. Most of us acknowledge that other forms of bias, including racial and gender biases, are outdated and ignorant – and yet our tendency to shame and punish people who are overweight continues. This attitude can make it very difficult to report weight bias when it occurs.

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What Have Recent Studies Revealed About Implicit Weight Bias?

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Mon, Sep 04, 2017

The prevalence of weight bias in our society is undeniable. It is considered by many to be the last socially acceptable bias – and that poses a real problem for people who have the disease of obesity. It places unnecessary barriers in the way of healing and acceptance.

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Weight Discrimination: A Social Norm that Must Change

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Obesity is an often talked about issue on the rise, but what about weight discrimination? Weight discrimination has become a socially accepted form of bullying that must come to an end. In North American culture especially, weight bias is often overlooked and seems to be a socially accepted attitude. Regrettably, this makes individuals with obesity disease susceptible to discrimination in several different arenas including: the workplace, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and even within social encounters.

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Driving Behavioral Change to Reduce Weight Bias in Healthcare

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

People who have obesity disease or have a higher than desired body mass index may suffer discrimination and judgement from strangers, coworkers, and surprisingly, even physicans.  This stigmatization needs to be recognized and brought into the light so people can be educated, including healthcare professionals.  The old saying that “never judge someone until you walk a mile in their shoes” holds a great deal of truth.  Both obvious and unconscious biases must be addressed, discussed and shown that there are lies and myths held against people with a disease just like any other.  

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Professional Effects of Weight Stigma for Men & Women

Posted by Jason Radecke on Wed, Aug 09, 2017

In the era of political correctness and fear of offending others, one important area in our culture has been regrettably left behind: people that suffer with obesity disease and the stigma that comes with it.

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Bariatric Surgery Insurance: 8 Steps to Getting Approval

Posted by Jason Radecke on Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Bariatric surgery insurance approval does not come easy. There are many requirements to meet depending on your health insurance plan to prove that it is medically necessary. While most major insurance companies have some version of weight loss surgery coverage, it is important to check and see what your specific policy covers. It may only cover the procedure, but not the hospital stay or anesthesia. Start by contacting your insurance carrier and see what your policy entails exactly; you can usually find the number on the back of your insurance card. Your local bariatric specialist’s office staff can also check to see if you have coverage.

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Top 5 Things to Know About Weight Loss Surgery Insurance Coverage

Posted by Jason Radecke on Fri, Jul 14, 2017

When it comes to weight loss surgery insurance coverage, it’s all in the details. It is critical to know what your particular insurance policy covers. Most major insurance companies have some version of weight loss surgery coverage, but this does not mean that you’re good to go and ready to set a date. There are many fickle and tedious requirements to be met first.

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What Insurance Covers Weight Loss Surgery?

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Wed, Jul 05, 2017

If you are considering bariatric surgery, you probably know that it is difficult decision to consider. Additionally, weight loss surgery is not necessarily the cheapest procedure to undergo, and you may ask yourself, “how will I be able to cover this” and “what insurance covers weight loss surgery?”

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What are the Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery Beyond Weight Loss?

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Bariatric surgery enhances weight loss in people who have not achieved long-term success with their weight loss attempts. Benefits of bariatric surgery include reducing the stomach’s storage capacity and controlling appetite hormones.

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