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The Right to Respect

The Right to Respect

All people with overweight and obesity have the right to receive timely, effective obesity screening, counseling and treatment delivered by all members of the integrated care team in a considerate and respectful manner.

Toward this end, people with obesity have the right to:

  • Demand treatment without discrimination or bias regardless of their size or weight.
  • Expect the same professional conduct and access to care for their obesity as is routine for other chronic conditions.
  • Ask questions about their weight status during all healthcare visits and receive answers and appropriate referrals in a timely manner.
  • Receive information from their health providers in “patient-first” language, which puts a person before a diagnosis, describes the condition the person “has,” and gives the person a sense of dignity when selecting a treatment plan and interacting with members of the care team.
  • Speak in confidence with members of the care team and have the health information protected.
  • Expect a clinical setting that allows for privacy and maintains the person’s dignity.
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