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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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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