By Elizabeth Millard,  Feb 1, 2023

That doesn’t mean never talking about weight. But it does involve a shift toward more respect and collaboration, and a thoughtful approach around how weight is discussed, says Dr. Kecia Gaither, a physician and associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology with Cornell Weill Medicine. “The manner in which you discuss obesity with a patient makes a difference in how it’s received,” she says. “The conversation should be around how to optimize health, rather than just about losing weight. It should center on patient engagement so they feel part of the process, instead of feeling judged negatively.”

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