Horror stories abound from clients, friends, and people on the internet about their negative experiences with medical professionals while living in larger bodies. Unfortunately, medical weight stigma is alive and well around the globe, and it’s harming a significant portion of the population.
Even though they can be difficult to find, medical professionals who practice from a weight-inclusive and Health At Every Size lens do exist, and Jess Campbell is one of them. It was lovely to interview her about her experiences in medical school and her hopes for the profession.
- How Jess came to do the work that she does and why she decided to go to medical school.
- The turning point that brought Jess to the Health At Every Size movement.
- The importance of having a community of like-minded people when going through a weight-centric medical school or nutrition program.
- The need to work laterally when you’re in a weight-centric program to share about HAES and weight stigma.
- What BMI is and why Jess doesn’t recommend using categories like “ob*se” and “morbidly ob*se.”
- How Health At Every Size practitioners don’t deny that there are associations between body size and certain diseases, but we look at the bigger picture, which includes the strength of those associations and causality.
- The nonmodifiable nature of weight, particularly as compared to lifestyle interventions like smoking cessation and exercise.
- What Jess thinks doctors can do better to help their patients in larger bodies.
- Reasons why Jess believes HAES and weight-inclusive care are still seen as so radical.
- The role that systems and cultural hierarchies play in why certain people are not represented in the medical field.
- Clues to keep an eye out for that can tell you a piece or study is driving the anti-“ob*sity” narrative.
- What to look for in scientific studies as a layperson, beyond headlines.
- How Jess defines health and wellness for herself at this moment in her life, in particular, leaning into the gray, practicing self-compassion, and going slow.
- How to handle it when you get called in or called out and learn to see it as a kindness
Mentioned in this Episode:
- Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch
- Health At Every Size (HAES)
- The Love, Food podcast hosted by Julie Duffy Dillon
- The Food Psych Podcast hosted by Christy Harrison
- Fiona Sutherland of The Mindful Dietitian
- Fiona Willer of Health, Not Diets
- Sign up for Fiona Willer’s email digest, Unpacking Weight Science, and see past editions of the digest HERE
- A study showing that healthy lifestyle habits are associated with a significant decrease in mortality regardless of baseline BMI
- On being a fat medical student by Izzy Lomax-Sawyers
- Scientific Studies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
- You Can’t Trust What You Read About Nutrition – FiveThirtyEight
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