Posts Tagged ‘bias’

ECO2018: Global Obesity Brings Global Weight Bias

May 23, 2018 — At the opening of ECO2018 this morning, one thing is abundantly clear. With the rise of global obesity, we have a growing recognition that weight bias is becoming an important global problem, too. New Study Confirms Unfavorable Trends Alan Moses is presenting an analysis of the global prevalence of obesity and diabetes. Unfortunately, the trends […]

An Ethicist Asks: Is Obesity Acceptable?

May 17, 2018 — In a provocative post on Medscape, medical ethicist Arthur Caplan tells us that he doesn’t believe in literally calling out people with obesity and shaming them. But, he says, we can’t give in to acceptance. Obesity is just too harmful to health. What Exactly Does That Mean? We find ourselves scratching our heads over his […]

A Thousand Little Cuts from Weight Bias and Discrimination

May 12, 2018 — Discrimination against fat people is so endemic, most of us don’t even realise it’s happening When we think of prejudice and discrimination, most of us tend to think of overt attacks, harassment, or discriminatory behaviour. Blatant examples of prejudice do still occur with depressing frequency. But for most members of stigmatised groups, it is not […]

Putting Obesity Care Out of Reach Where It’s Needed Most

May 10, 2018 — The picture is stark. Writing in the Atlantic, Olga Khazan says bariatric surgery is out of reach where people need it the most. The five states with the highest rates of self-reported BMI in the range of obesity are WV, MS, AL, AR, and LA. But not one of those states requires insurers to cover […]

Evangelical Weight Loss

May 9, 2018 — Evangelism draws its primary meaning from the practice of spreading Christian beliefs. But it also carries a broader meaning of zealous advocacy. And you don’t have to spend much time dealing with obesity to run across some of those zealous advocates. So it’s no surprise that evangelical weight loss programs have sprouted in many churches. […]

Military Appearance, Function, and Health

May 8, 2018 — How much does physical appearance matter in the military? After all, national security relies more and more on technology. This question jumps out from a full day workshop on obesity in the armed forces at the National Academies. The answer depends in part on the branch of service. Physical functioning and health are certainly important […]

Roxane Gay: Beautiful Honesty for an Ugly World

April 28, 2018 — Beautiful honesty is a gift for an ugly world. And yet again, Roxane Gay offers us this gift with a well-crafted essay on her decision to have gastric sleeve surgery in January this year. Mixed Emotions About a Harsh Reality This was not an easy decision. Gay describes the final straw: After more than 15 […]

The Shame of Human Nature in Words and Images

April 27, 2018 — Human nature can be noble and it can be shameful. But how do you counter the shame of human nature that expresses itself in weight bias and stigma? Some very smart people (Rebecca Puhl of the Rudd Center comes to mind) have gone after it with academic rigor. Social activists and the internet named it “fat […]

Fat Shaming: Real and Different for Men

April 25, 2018 — Obesity affects men and women differently. It’s an obvious fact – whether you’re living with obesity yourself or you care for people living with it. But discussions of weight stigma and fat shaming often focus almost exclusively on women. This needs to change. New research published in Obesity this week makes it clear that shaming and […]

Cut the Obesity Guilt Trips for Parents, Please

April 21, 2018 — The Daily Express is doing a fine job of upholding a strong reputation for promoting fat shaming in the UK. The tabloid managed to find a sensational guilt trip in three Lancet articles this week on women’s health. The headline was: “Unhealthy lifestyles of mothers-to-be could wreck the lives of future generations.” But the real bottom line […]