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Conversations that occur in healthcare settings call on the clinician’s
effective communication skills, empathy, professionalism, and moral
obligation to recognize the unconditional value of patients as persons.
However, these clinical conversations (specifically those that address diet,
exercise, weight, and weight gain recommendations) have the potential to
be harmful to the client if not conducted in an intentional way. Weight bias,
defined as the societal devaluation of people in larger bodies, is prevalent
among clinicians, and can have deleterious effects on utilization of care, the
clinician-client relationship, and health outcomes.