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Interventions in Obesity & Diabetes

Provider Weight-Bias and How It Contributes to Healthcare Disparities of Obese Patients

Submission: October 22, 2018; Published: November 13, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/IOD.2018.02.000536

ISSN : 2578-0263
Volume2 Issue3


The prevalence of obesity has progressively increased over the past four decades for people of all ages, genders, racial and ethnic groups, and educational levels [1-4]. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 2016, the worldwide obesity rate has tripled since 1975 with more than 650 million obese adults and 1.9 billion overweight adults [5]. Additionally, over 41 million children under the age of 5 and 340 million children aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016 [5]. Evidence shows that children with obesity tend to remain obese into adulthood; thus, the percentage of obese adults will continue to rise in the coming decades, equating to 38% adults with obesity and and additional 20% adults being overweight globally by 2030 [1,2,6].

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