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Training cuts student medics 'anti-fat' prejudice

Students training to enter the health service need better teaching in order to prevent discrimination against obese patients, a study suggests.

Researchers said previous work had found high levels of "anti-fat prejudice" among health professionals.

But a trial of 159 students, reported in the Obesity journal, found this prejudice could easily be influenced.

Teaching about the effect of genes and the environment on obesity was key to cutting discrimination, it reported.

Over the past decade, prejudice among the public towards overweight people has increased by 66%, the international team of researchers said. More …