What is weight stigma?

As part of World Obesity Day, three of our leading clinicians sat down to discuss the damaging effects of weight stigma and how we can help remove weight stigma.

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World Obesity Day

Around 800 million of us are living with obesity, with millions more at risk. We know the roots of obesity run deep, and we can make progress by working together to remove all barriers to essential healthcare services and make them freely available to all. 

Half the world’s population lacks access to the full range of essential health services. #WorldObesityDay calls for action to tackle rising rates of obesity, reduce the stigma faced by people living with obesity, and improve the systems that contribute to obesity around the world.

800 million people around the world are living with obesity.

The medical consequences of obesity will cost over $1 trillion by 2025.

People living with obesity are twice as likely to be hospitalized if tested positive for COVID-19.

Childhood obesity is expected to increase by 60% over the next decade, reaching 250 million by 2030.

Discussion

For World Obesity Day, we are looking at the effects of weight stigma and what impact this can have on patients and professionals and what we can do as a society to reduce weight-based stigma. For this we have gathered some of our leading clinicians to discuss the following:

  • The barriers that prevent healthcare professionals from bringing obesity into conversation with patients
  • Factors that can prevent a person with obesity from seeking help from a healthcare professional.
  • How a healthcare professional can ensure they deliver the right response/advice knowing that each patient is different.
  • And more!

Dr Victoria Lawson

Clinical Lead for Psychology at Oviva, Dr Victoria Lawson is a chartered health psychologist specialising in behaviour change, weight management and eating disorders.

Owen Marples

Clinical Lead Dietitian for Obesity and Diabetes at Oviva. Published research on the impact of nutrition-based training for healthcare professionals in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition.

Juliet Finnie

Juliet is a Diabetes Specialist at Oviva and has a postgraduate diploma in dietetics from Glasgow Caledonian University. Juliet worked as a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian in Argyll and Bute for four years where she developed and implemented diabetes education services.

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