The higher rates of obesity in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) compared with other groups in the United States can be attributed in large part to systemic racism, according to a new perspective article published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.
Fatima Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA
Fatima Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA
Obesity Medicine Physician for Adults, Adolescents, and Children and Director of External Consultative Services for MGH Weight Center
Director of Diversity, Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORCH) and MGH Midlife Women's Health Center Leadership Team
Affiliated Faculty, MGH Mongan Institute of Health Policy
Departments, Centers, & Programs:
Weight Center, MGH
50 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114-2517
- MPH, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
- MPA, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
- MD, Medical College of Georgia
- Residency, Palmetto Health Richland Hospital
- Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Fellowship, Richmond University Medical Center
American Board Certifications
- Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
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Dr. Stanford has research interests in obesity, health policy, and health disparities. Her research has focused on the long term benefits of physical activity in a large cohort, the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study. In addition, she studied whether medical students and physicians meet the US Department of Health & Human Services Guidelines in physical activity and what implications this has on guiding patients to be physically active.
In a manuscript published on individuals’ weight perception and its influence on consideration for bariatric surgery, she found that adult patients with weight discordance were less likely to consider weight loss surgery as a treatment option. Concurrently, she investigated whether race influenced the likelihood of undergoing bariatric surgery in patients referred for this intervention, and she found that while persons of low socioeconomic status were less likely to proceed with weight loss surgery, race did not appear to play a role.
Subsequently, she conducted a study on the role of obesity training on the knowledge of bariatric surgery in primary care physicians, and found that physicians who were young, had obesity, or received obesity education in medical school or postgraduate training were more likely to answer bariatric surgery knowledge questions correctly. However, there were still significant deficits in primary care physicians’ knowledge of bariatric surgery for adult patients.
Her current work focuses on the use of pharmacotherapy for patients who have undergone weight loss surgery, policy surrounding obesity coverage in the US and abroad, shared decision making in obesity therapy, weight bias and stigma, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with obesity.
- Feb | 25 | 2021
Black History Month 2021
- Mar | 21 | 2019
Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, obesity medicine physician at Mass General, discusses weight and nutrition in children and adolescents in this previously recorded Facebook Live.