Weight and Health Equity with Lesley Williams, MD

I want to thank everyone for being patient with this episode getting onto the webpage so late. I know that this is the place where you can really listen to it. I have been having quite an interested few months and it looks to continue for a while. I will be doing my best!

Here is the wonderful interview I did with Dr. Lesley Williams. She does a lot of work talking to other physicians about why weight independent health care is so important to improving health outcomes!

In the episode (not in order):

How Dr. Williams got involved with HAES

Health Equity and health access

How access and respect are due to all patients, regardless of their health goals

Talking to doctors about the fear of having harmed patients unknowingly

Are there fat old people? (answer: yes)

Surgery on fat people

Why hospitals should make sure to recognize that they have fat patients

And more!

“Everyone deserves to pursue their own level of health, or lack thereof,...regardless of that pursuit, they deserve respect and access to whatever it is they need.” 
— Lesley Williams, MD

About Dr. Williams:

Lesley Williams, MD is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and board certified Family Medicine physician. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency training at Mayo Clinic Arizona. She has worked exclusively with eating disorders for over 15 years in the full spectrum of treatment settings. Dr. Williams recently established Williams Wellness Medical Group, an outpatient eating disorder focused medical practice in Phoenix, AZ. She is also currently the Medical Team Lead for Banner Behavioral Health Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ. Her areas of special interest and expertise include: Health Equity and Health at Every Size Advocacy. Dr. Williams is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She was recently appointed to the Academy of Eating Disorders Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Due to her hard work and dedication to the field, in 2018 Dr. Williams was named as one of the Top 80 Female Eating Disorder Leaders in the United States.