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ASMBS position statement on weight bias and stigma

      The following position statement is issued by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in response to numerous inquiries made to the Society by patients, physicians, Society members, hospitals, health insurance payors, the media, and others regarding weight bias, stigma, discrimination, and health disparities based on weight. In this statement, a summary of current, published, peer-reviewed scientific evidence and expert opinion is presented. The intent of issuing such a statement is to provide available objective information about these topics. The statement is not intended as, and should not be construed as, stating or establishing a local, regional, or national standard of care. The statement will be revised in the future as additional evidence becomes available.

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