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Challenging bariatric care practices and fat stigma in ICU

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Critically ill obese patients pose considerable healthcare challenges. Added to the difficulties of managing care is the social stigma attached to being obese. Intensive care staff not only have to attend to the specific needs of the critically ill body but also navigate, both personally and professionally, the social terrain of stigma when providing care to this patient population. This paper provides important insights into the physical, medical, and social challenges of care provision and how health professionals manage the social awkwardness of fat stigma during care. The use of specific language is explored as an approach to managing fat stigma.

This talk is part of the The obesity epidemic: Discussing the global health crisis series.

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