Ethics Talk: How to Fight BMI-Based Denials of Payment


Editorial Fellows Astrid Floegel-Shetty and Kratika Mishra join Ethics Talk to discuss the development of this month’s theme issue on medicine’s overreliance on BMI, and fat stigma researcher Ragen Chastain talks about how patients can be harmed by BMI surgical guidelines and what to do if it happens to you.

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Astrid Floegel-Shetty, MA is a graduate of the Loyola Marymount University Bioethics Institute. She plans to pursue a career in health law. Her scholarly interests include competency, mental health and substance use disorders, moral injury and trauma, justice, and health humanities. 

Kratika Mishra is an MD/MBA candidate at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She plans to pursue a career in psychiatry and eventually work clinically with immigrant populations. Her primary professional interests include trauma-informed care in preventive settings, weight-inclusive approaches to health care, and the use of technology to improve the accessibility and affordability of mental health care. 

Ragen Chastain is a writer, researcher, and speaker whose work focuses on weight stigma and weight-inclusive health care. 

Interview with Kratika Mishra and Astrid Floegel-Shetty recorded February 24, 2023.
Interview with Ragen Chastain recorded March 3, 2023.


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Interviewee(s) had no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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