Implicit Bias – Weight Stigma in Health Care

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Course Description

Bias against individuals considered to be overweight is pervasive in health care settings. Although scientific understanding of the causes of obesity has advanced in recent years, patients in larger bodies continue to face a great deal of stigma based on outdated and incomplete ideas about willpower, energy balance models, and scolding as a motivator. In this course students will explore the concept of weight stigma as a type of implicit bias, learn how patients experience weight stigma in a variety of settings, and identify concrete strategies for disrupting weight stigma.

Intended Audience

  • Nurses
  • LPNs
  • APRNs
  • Physicians
  • PAs
  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Any Allied Health Professional

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the healthcare professional will be able to:

  • Identify the roots and harms of weight stigma in health care
  • Recognize the array of patient experiences of weight stigma
  • Identify weight stigma-disruption strategies that will improve patient health outcomes

At the completion of this activity, healthcare technicians will be able to:

  • Define weight stigma
Credit/Contact Hours
  • Anne Cockerham, PhD, RN, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNE
    Professor, Frontier Nursing University
  • English
Release Date
March 1, 2023
Expiration Date
March 1, 2026
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Ungraded Self Assessment-Lesson Recall
  • Video Narration
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Daily CE Broker Reporting for Registered Boards
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
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