Posts Tagged ‘bias’

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 […]

Looking for a Global View of Obesity at ECO2018

April 17, 2018 — Little more than a month from now, the European Congress on Obesity (ECO2018) promises a global view of obesity. Though it’s a European meeting, the programme offers up a global perspective on this pandemic. A few themes stand out. Gaps in Understanding Obesity Obesity has been slower to develop in most of the world compared to […]

Ignorance About Obesity Is Common and Reversible

April 11, 2018 — A colleague recently asked: How do you keep doing what you do in the face of so much awful stuff? By awful stuff, she meant flagrant examples of weight bias. Like the Guardian’s recent Op-Ed by Lizzie Cernik, proclaiming “It’s not fine to be fat.” The short answer to our friend’s question is this. Bias […]

Cultivating a Sweet Tooth: Fact or Presumption?

April 9, 2018 — It’s a favorite rationale for avoiding anything sweet. Even if it has no calories it will drive you to want more sweet foods and drinks. Sweet stuff will give you a sweet tooth, says the Harvard School of Public Health on its website: The human brain responds to sweetness with signals to eat more. By […]

Flaws in Pushing the Idea of Harmless Obesity

April 6, 2018 — So much energy goes into amping up the “crisis” of obesity that an equal and opposite reaction is natural. Surely, can’t a person be fat and fit? Aren’t there certain situation where a bit of extra adiposity can actually help a person’s health? But a series of recent papers challenges two concepts of harmless obesity […]

Defining the Incredible Talent of Cass Elliot

April 3, 2018 — A brilliant flash of popular music in the middle of the 1960s came from the Mamas and the Papas. And the most memorable performer from that group was Cass Elliot – also known as Mama Cass. This was well before anyone thought about obesity as a medical condition. The group sang naive lyrics about “no […]

A Story of Persistence for Health at a Young Age

March 23, 2018 — Recently, we wrote of deep concern about teens with severe obesity who are denied effective obesity care. For insight into why this matters so much, consider the experiences of Maria Caprigno, a proud OAC member and brilliant patient advocate. Her story is one of incredible persistence for health at a very young age. I first […]

When One Size Fits All, Truth Suffers

March 5, 2018 — “You should be ashamed.” That message flies in every direction when the subject is weight and health and obesity. Shame is a potent tool, but it’s a sloppy one. And for health, it’s never helpful. Truth suffers when people start thinking they have an exclusive claim on the truth. And on weight, health, and obesity, one […]