Posts Tagged ‘weight discrimination’

Our Ethical Blind Spot in Access to Obesity Care

October 12, 2018 — There’s no gentle way to express this. We suffer from a huge ethical blind spot regarding access to obesity care. Today, as National Obesity Care Week focuses upon access to care, we must acknowledge just how big this gap is. Of course, we focus a lot on the issue of access to obesity treatment. We […]

Weight Bias and Stigma Have Power to Unite and Divide

October 11, 2018 — Weight bias and stigma hold power over us. It can poison just about everything we might do about obesity. And yet today, it unites us. As we observe National Obesity Care Week, our focus today is squarely upon weight bias. Two Ways to Express Bias Two distinct types of bias work against us. First and […]

People-First Language: Preferences and Aversions

September 15, 2018 — Language unites us and divides us. Certainly, this is true for the language of obesity. A new study in JAMA Surgery tells us that patients seeking bariatric surgery don’t like people calling them fat. Nor do they like people calling them obese. Instead, they give higher marks to the language of having a high BMI […]

Beware of Shaming the Shamers

September 9, 2018 — Five years ago, fat shaming was no problem for the shamers. Fat shaming in just about any context was unremarkable. It hardly caused a ripple. But no longer. Cross the line into fat shaming territory and the internet will not be happy with you. Just ask the creators of Insatiable. It could have been a funny and […]

Tess Holliday: Public Health Threat

September 4, 2018 — UK Journalist Piers Morgan is concerned about Tess Holliday. Apparently, he sees her as a public health threat. He wrote on Instagram: As Britain battles an ever-worsening obesity crisis, this is the new cover of Cosmo. Apparently we’re supposed to view it as a “huge step forward for body positivity.” What a load of old […]

Obese, Demented, and Eaten Up with Cancer

August 29, 2018 — Respectful language is quite a challenge these days. Especially when language touches on issues of stigma and identity, it’s easy to offend people. So it’s no surprise that the language attached to obesity is a sensitive subject. And one thing is certain. “Obese” is a label that nobody likes. “Demented” or “eaten up with cancer” […]

Sparking #OACAction This Week

August 28, 2018 — Somewhere in your network, you might be hearing the Obesity Action Coalition talk about taking #OACAction. Or, you might be hearing about #OACAction from a friend, healthcare provider, or even through social media. It’s popping up in online news feeds, OAC educational materials, and even as a section on the OAC website. That’s because this week […]

An Autopsy Long Ago with My Father

August 13, 2018 — My father instilled in me a desire and a curiosity about diagnosis. It started with me watching him conduct autopsies as Medical Examiner of Bergen County, New Jersey. I accompanied him to the scene of countless murders and unsolved crimes, witnessing him examine each body for clues that could reveal the cause of a person’s […]

The Weight of Internal Stigma and False Dichotomies

July 22, 2018 — YWM2018 offered two days of feasting on some of the best science, personal insight, and inspiration anywhere. But among all that great content, Rebecca Pearl managed to stand out. She really made us think about the burden of internal stigma. Attendee Faith Anne Newsome captured what many were thinking in a tweet: Dr. Rebecca Pearl’s […]

Gaining Ground on Advocacy, State by State

July 20, 2018 — On the eve of YWM2018 yesterday, roughly 50 key members gathered to sharpen skills and support a new push for advocacy state by state. As ever, the priorities are constant and clear: gaining access to care, supporting research, and reducing bias and discrimination. Already, we’re gaining ground. Better Access to Care at Cigna and Emblem […]