Addressing the stigma of obesity
Overweight and people with obesity are often targets of bias and stigma, which may affect their daily lives by exposing them to negative attitudes in multiple domains of living. Stigmatisation of people living with obesity threatens health, generates health inequalities, and interferes with effective obesity intervention efforts. Obesity is often perceived among patients and society as a lifestyle choice, which in turn may discourage many patients from seeking medical advice.
Healthcare providers should be aware that many patients have tried to lose weight repeatedly; therefore it is critical to acknowledge the difficulty of lifestyle changes and help patients recognise that even small weight losses can have significant health gains.
For more information
- Factsheet on Engaging Individuals Living with Obesity
- Five key propositions for GPs
- For training resources including webinars, obesity topics and its clinical management please visit The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO)
- For specialist training programmes please visit World Obesity Federation
- The importance of overcoming stigma
Addressing Obesity Together