Diverse Bodies

All interactions with healthcare can be affirming. One major way is through inclusive representation in imagery and medical illustrations that can be found in pamphlets, instructions, educational print-outs, medical apps, posters, etc.

Much medical imagery, particularly diagnostic and assessment tools, exclusively depict a young, thin, able male form as the “standard human” when a more gender-neutral figure would be more appropriate for this goal. Additionally, as the average body size in the West is larger, it can be more helpful to utilize figures with a fuller body frame to combat stigma and represent more patients.

For example, a common skin surface assessment tool (right), which is a diagram utilized to mark all areas of the body with any external abnormalities or changes, can be used regardless of sex, body size, etc. so a neutral figure is not only more suitable, it also allows for more accuracy in assessment.