Weight stigma in healthcare settings is detrimental to health and must be eradicated

In a recent comment piece in Nature Reviews Endocrinology, Professor Rachel Batterham highlights the indisputable evidence of the detrimental impact of weight-stigma on health and calls for action to eradicate weight stigma. This post summarises the piece and links to the full article.

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New documentary explores why people develop obesity and the most recent available treatments

In this new documentary, OEN UK founding member, Professor Rachel Batterham and OEN UK Champion, Nadya Isack meet people living with obesity and leading experts (including OEN UK Trustee, Professor Sadaf Farooqi), to consider what needs to be done to take meaningful action to improve health outcomes for people living with obesity.

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Ending weight stigma in the context of anaesthesia: conversations with people affected by obesity

In November 2021, the Society for Obesity & Bariatric Anaesthesia published new guidance for anaesthetists on talking with patients living with obesity about perioperative risk and providing informed consent in a way that is accurate and sensitive to the specific needs of this patient group.  We spoke with Maggie Clinton, OEN Champion and patient advocate, and Dimitri Pournaras, Consultant in Bariatric Surgery at North Bristol NHS Trust, about the new guidance and its role in ending weight stigma in anaesthetics and beyond.

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Framing obesity, ending stigma: The change we need to see in the media

It is increasingly recognised that weight-based stigma in the media negatively impacts people with obesity in multiple life domainsNadya Isack, OEN Champion and advocate, spoke with Liv Sewell about the changes those working in the media can make to end stigmatisation and discrimination against people with obesity.

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Thin = happy + successful: the impact of stigmatising media content on people living with obesity

It is now widely recognised that negative attitudes towards people living with obesity are embedded in our society through media content. Liv Sewell spoke with Nadya Isack, OEN Champion and advocate, about her experience of living with obesity and the impact of stigmatising media content on people affected by overweight or obesity.

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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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