Research has shown anti-fat bias in health care professionals. Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity explicitly states that “Weight Bias is common in health care settings”. First, Do No Harm is filled with horror stories of the poor treatment fat patients have received from health care professionals. This is a serious issue, as a bad experience with an anti-fat doctor can result in people not seeking the help they need to improve their wellbeing.
The good news is that there are fat friendly doctors and health care professionals out there who will treat and support without stigma. But it’s hard to know where to look.
That’s why the All Bodies Directory exists. This site collates details of health care professionals – like GPs, psychologists and OB/GYNs – across Australia and New Zealand who:
- are body positive;
- are size accepting; and/or
- focus on wellbeing, rather than weight.
It’s my hope that this will be a really useful resource for the fat community.
This site relies on user submissions, so if you know a fat friendly doctor or health care professional in Australia or New Zealand please email me (Frances) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you include the following information:
Area (e.g. GP, psychologist, OB/GYN):
Private or public:
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