We are sad to announce that Iris Mcmillan, OEN UK champion, passed away on 26th February 2020. Iris, a former solicitor, served on numerous government and health sectors committees. She fought for people affected by overweight and obesity to have appropriate treatment and for recognition of the detrimental effects of weight stigma. She will be sadly missed.
Professor Rachel Batterham, Chair of OEN and Nadya Isack were invited to speak at an event at the RCP on March 10th 2020 that was attended by about 80 people from Camden CCG. The aim was to encourage all healthcare and social care professionals to be able to talk sensitively about weight. Dr Batterham presented an overview of the causes of obesity whilst Nadya Isack, OEN Champion eloquently shared her experience of living with obesity and the stigma that she has faced.
At this successful event patient organisations, healthcare professionals, researchers and funders came together to raise awareness of obesity, highlight that obesity has many complex causes and the importance of eliminating weight stigma. It included talks from patients living with obesity and expert healthcare professionals with opportunities to ask questions.
The event included contributions from Obesity Empowerment Network (OEN) Champions, Jenny Rosborough (Jamie Oliver Ltd), Andre Goddard, President of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Dr Chris Van Tullekan (Operation Ouch).
Rachel Batterham, Professor of Obesity, Diabetes & Endocrinology and Chair of OEN hosted the event and commented, “how utterly proud I am of our OEN UK Champions empowering voice this week. The voice our champions made everyone there listen not only with their ears but with their hearts. and I have no doubt empowered members of the audience who were living with obesity or have relatives/friends who are to seek support as well as educated healthcare professionals”.
Nadya Isaac, OEN champion reflected that it was “an inspiring and motivational day. 4 OEN champions were on stage reiterating the fact that Obesity is a complex disease and that the narrative of “eat less and move More” is stigmatizing and completely incorrect as a treatment method”.
Nadya felt that by speaking openly about obesity in a positive and compassionate way, OEN Champions were able to educate and inform the public about living with obesity and the measures that are being taken to raise the awareness of this disease.
UCLH Main Reception
4th March 10am to 4 pm
Hosted by Prof Rachel Batterham
Patient organisations, healthcare professionals, researchers and funders are coming together to raise awareness of obesity, highlight that obesity has many complex causes and the importance of eliminating weight stigma.
Talks from patients living with obesity and expert healthcare professionals with opportunities to ask questions.
Obesity Empowerment Network (OEN) Champions @10:20 &14:30.
Jenny Rosborough (Jamie Oliver Ltd) @10:50.
President of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) @12:30.
Dr Chris Van Tullekan (Operation Ouch) @14:00.
Organisations: OEN UK, Obesity UK, EASO, British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society. RCP. British Dietetic Association, British Psychological Society, Rosetrees Trust, Liver Foundation, Jamie Oliver Foundation Ltd, Action on Sugar.
By Maggie Clinton, Obesity Empowerment Network UK Champion and Trustee
I am so honoured and excited at the prospect of being involved in events recognising the importance to developing a united worldwide approach to reducing the prejudice and stigma associated with obesity.
I submitted some personal reflections about two painful experiences I have had in relation to employment. These appear to have caught the attention of a number of newspapers and TV channels. As a result I gave a telephone interview to the Daily Express and had face-to-face interviews for BBC1 breakfast show and Sky news. I made sure that I mentioned Obesity Empowerment Network UK and I really hope that this part is not edited out. I want to get the message that OEN UK is a voice for people affected by overweight and obesity who want to improve.
Delegates have come from all around the world and it is fair to say that the majority have suffered from stigma and prejudice because of their size and weight. There are 20 patient representatives, speakers from patients groups and expert speakers and facilitators from World Obesity Federation.
The summit has a number of aims but in the main it is about the importance of the patient voice, advocacy and directly influencing policy-makers globally.
Tomorrow is a full day with a number of working groups looking at how to engage people living with obesity. I am particularly looking forward to the training session focusing upon engaging with policy-makers. There will be so much more to tell you in my next blog.
I am so proud of how far OEN UK has come from the first meeting back in October 2015. Many of the delegates know who we are and those that don’t, they want to know how we have come so far in such a short time. The answer of course is easy.
Maggie’s OEN’s recipe:
- A solid foundation of professionals.
- A large spoonful of champions.
- A consistent flow of commitment.
- A growing confidence to speak and be heard.
- Peeling off the shame.
- A large dollop of self-belief and empowerment.
- Improved access and equity of services for all.
Nothing about us without us
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