The consequences of a weight-centric approach to healthcare: A case for a paradigm shift in how clinicians address body weight

Kasuen Mauldin, Michelle May, Dawn Clifford

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Abstract

Current healthcare is weight-centric, equating weight and health. This approach to healthcare has negative consequences on patient well-being. The aim of this article is to make a case for a paradigm shift in how clinicians view and address body weight. In this review, we (1) address common flawed assumptions in the weight-centric approach to healthcare, (2) review the weight science literature and provide evidence for the negative consequences of promoting dieting and weight loss, and (3) provide practice recommendations for weight-inclusive care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • dieting
  • obesity
  • overweight
  • weight stigma
  • weight-centric
  • weight-inclusive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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