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Sad news: Iris Mcmillan

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.

Talking sensitively about weight

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.

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World Obesity Day Event – 4th March at UCLH Main Reception

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.

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World Obesity Day Event

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.

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity launches its report into the current landscape of obesity services

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity launched a report on Tuesday 15th May 2018, Attlee Suite, Portcullis House. The report highlights that the NHS is failing people with obesity. A survey conducted by the Group found that four out of ten people with obesity found it difficult to access lifestyle and prevention services. 88% of respondents said they have been stigmatised, criticised or abused as a result of their obesity.

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