It’s a familiar moment for so many of us - getting on the scale at the doctor’s office, and dreading being told that you need to lose weight - but often with no explanation of how to lose that weight or that surgery is an option. The experience can leave many people feeling defeated and depressed. Most patients know that obesity is a major health issue and don’t want to feel bad about seeking help! If you have had this negative experience, you are not alone. It’s called weight shaming, and it’s more common than you think!
A recent study from the University of London found that many obese people report feeling weight shamed when they see their Provider and will often skip appointments to avoid the embarrassment.
This experience has negative impacts for patients in the long term.The study has found that this shaming led to patients blaming themselves for their condition, often leaving them feeling humiliated,anxious, and more likely to overeat.
EFFECTS OF WEIGHT SHAMING
Researchers report that weight shaming can prevent patients from getting the services and treatments they need. This is a critical issue given the higher risk of serious health conditions obese people often face,such as:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Sleep Apnea
- Joint and Bone Pain
- Depression and Fatigue
The study recommends that medical professionals seek training around “non- stigmatizing weight-related communications.” The recommendations include increased education for healthcare students about the factors involved in regulating body weight and for all healthcare professionals to be more empathetic.
The Roller Weight Loss Difference
At Roller Weight Loss our patients are our top priority. Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgeon and Director, Dr. Josh Roller says, "our goal is to help our patients regain their health and their lives back. We are here to help them every step of their weight loss journey. We want everyone to feel like family and know that Roller Weight Loss is a place they can feel at home and know help is on the way. “
Roller Weight Loss cares deeply about making patients' feel comfortable and cared for.
- Each patient is treated with dignity and respect and like family
- The entire team is focused on helping patients get their health and life
- Each patient is treated as an individual and a care plan is developed
based on specific individual needs
- The entire office was built and designed with our patients needs in
mind and for them to have a safe place to go without judgment
- We have an entire team of dedicated specialists including Surgeons,
Medical Doctors, PAs, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Dietitians to
help our patients reach their goals
At Roller Weight Loss and Advanced Surgery we are the most advanced and experienced bariatric surgical group in the region. We have performed individualized weight loss surgeries for patients from 47 out of 50 states, with patients traveling from all over the United States to change their lives for the better.
We look forward to helping you on your weight loss journey.