Bariatric Times

FEB 2018

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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Sincerely, Bariatric Times • February 2018 4 Editorial Messages when verbally conversing with our patients. You might also want to ask yourself some important questions, such as: • "How do I feel when I work with people of different body sizes?" • "Do I make assumptions regarding a person's character, intelligence, abilities, health status, or behaviors based only on their weight?" • "What stereotypes do I have about people with obesity?" • "How do my patients with obesity feel when they leave my office?" As a healthcare provider, it's also important to create a welcoming environment for patients with obesity. Physicians can do this by ensuring their offices have proper seating, obesity-friendly medical equipment (i.e., scales, blood pressure cuffs, gowns, exam tables), and staff that is trained on the use of people-first language for obesity. As we nationally recognize obesity as an epidemic and a disease, we need to start advocating for changes in the way in which we talk about obesity. By doing this, we can help combat a significant area of weight bias and create a more positive environment for people with obesity, especially in the healthcare setting. To learn more about people-first language for obesity, please visit www.obesityaction.org/weight-bias- and-stigma/people-first-language-for-obesity. Sincerely, Christopher Still, DO, FACN, FACP BT Bariatric Times welcomes letters for possible publication. Letters should be no more than 500 words and five references. Letters that comment on a Bariatric Times article will be considered if they are received within two months of the time the article was published. All letters are reviewed by the editors and are selected based upon interest, timeliness, and pertinence, as determined by the editors. Send letters to: Angela Saba at asaba@ matrixmedcom.com or mail to: Angela Saba, Bariatric Times, Matrix Medical Communications, 1595 Paoli Pike, Suite 201, West Chester, PA 19380. Include the following statement with the letter:"The undersigned author transfers all copyright ownership of the enclosed/ attached letter to Matrix Medical Communications in the event the work is published. The undersigned author warrants that the letter is original, is not under consideration by another journal, and has not been previously published. I sign for and accept responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors." Letter to the Editor Submissions A message from Dr. Christopher Still continued...

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