Mental health & obesity

Research published this week by Ipsos MORI has shown that people living with obesity are nearly twice as likely to report poor mental health, compared to people with a healthy weight as measured by the Body Mass Index (BMI). OEN UK Champion Nadya Isack, and obesity advocate Sarah Le Brocq, spoke with Riz Lateef on the BBC Radio London about the impact of weight stigma on the mental health of people living with obesity.

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Weight Stigma in the media

People living with overweight or obesity face pervasive stigmatisation, social devaluation, and discrimination based on their body size. OEN UK has launched the ‘Stand Up to Weight Stigma’ campaign to highlight the nature and extent of this discrimination in various different settings and bring change.

OEN member, Liv Sewell spoke with Dr Stuart W. Flint, Associate Professor of the Psychology of Obesity at the University of Leeds, about the extent and impact of weight-based stigma in the media. In this post Liv summarises what we know…

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Weight Stigma in Employment

Individuals with overweight and obesity face pervasive stigmatisation, social devaluation, and discrimination because of their body size in our society in the UK. OEN UK has launched the ‘Stand Up to Weight Stigma’ campaign to highlight the nature and extent of this discrimination in various different settings and bring change. The first focus of the campaign is the workplace. In this guest post, Dr Zofia Bajorek draws on recent research to highlight the extent of weight-based stigma people with obesity face in employment.

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