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May 17, 2021

Weight stigma among health professionals is a form of discrimination that can have serious consequences in the lives of people who are overweight or obese. These folks are therefore often pre-judged as being difficult patients, for example. Krista Rompolski joins us for a Journal Club episode, where we discuss a paper on how attitudes about large body donors may contribute to weight stigma among health professionals. What's going on? Is there anything we educators do to influence student attitudes? An important topic for our times, for sure!

00:00 | Introduction

01:10 | Journal Club with Krista Rompolski

03:05 | Sponsored by AAA

04:01 | The "difficult" cadaver: weight bias in the gross anatomy lab

11:43 | Sponsored by HAPI

12:31 | The Conversation Begins

29:31 | Sponsored by HAPS

30:26 | The Conversation Continues

59:46 | Staying Connected

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Research indicates that weight stigma can cause physical and psychological harm, and that affected individuals are less likely to receive adequate care. For these reasons, weight stigma damages health, undermines human and social rights, and is unacceptable in modern societies. (Joint international consensus statement for ending stigma of obesity)


Journal Club with Krista Rompolski

2 minutes

Krista Rompolski joins host Kevin Patton for another TAPP Journal Club episode!


Episode 93: Weight Stigma! The Difficult Cadaver


Sponsored by AAA

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A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

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The "Difficult" Cadaver

7.5 minutes

Krista Rompolski summarizes the essential content of this episode's journal article.

★ The “difficult” cadaver: weight bias in the gross anatomy lab (article from the journal Medical Education)

Weight Stigma! The Difficult Cadaver | Journal Club Episode | TAPP 93


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

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The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


The Conversation Begins

17 minutes

Krista and Kevin discuss what they learned from the article and how that relates to their own experience as teachers and learners. Here are some background resources, if you want to know more about the topics discussed:

★ The Bizarre and Racist History of the BMI | Body Mass Index has been used in recent decades as a referendum on individual health. But it was never meant to be. (essay)

★ What We Talk About When We Talk About Fat Acceptance (public radio interview/conversation)

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The Conversation Continues

29 minutes

There is so much to say about weight bias and its origins among health professionals. Even more than we can fit into this lengthy discussion!

★ Implicit and Explicit Weight Bias in a National Sample of 4,732 Medical Students: The Medical Student CHANGES Study (the Phelan paper mentioned by Krista)

The Silent Teacher – A Conversation with Aaron Fried | Episode 29 (where Kevin discusses his wanting to be desirable body donor)

photo of fat people and "weight bias among health professionals: where does it start?"


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