Posts Tagged ‘obesity stigma’

Oprah Discovers Self-Stigma and the World Listens

March 19, 2024 — Celebrity weight loss is a bane to the world. For years, Oprah found herself sucked into it and, as a result, took on a lot of self-stigma. In an hour-long program on ABC last night, though, she shared her new awareness of this: “I have to say that I took on the shame that the […]

Obesity Care Week: Sneaky Stigma Stalks Us

March 8, 2024 — Today, we are putting a bow on Obesity Care Week by coming back to a root problem that gets in the way of reducing the harm of obesity – stigma. It causes psychological distress for the people living with this disease and leads them to avoid medical care. Explicit weight bias has become less acceptable […]

Obesity Care Week: Equity for a Treatable Chronic Disease

March 6, 2024 — One of the core principles Obesity Care Week is that this chronic disease is treatable. That’s becoming plain to see with emergence of advanced GLP-1 therapies. But equity in access to obesity care is practically non-existent. Prices for these medicines are high, supplies are low, and health plans make a sport of torturing people who […]

Obesity Care Week: Five Enduring Principles

March 5, 2024 — On this, the second day of Obesity Care Week, let’s step back from all the complexity of obesity and focus on five simple principles that hold great promise for improving the way we care for people with this disease. It really doesn’t have to be so hard. 1. It Is Undeniable That Obesity Is a […]

Pediatric Obesity: Making the Leap from Knowing to Doing

February 26, 2024 — We are in the midst of a great leap forward in pediatric obesity – from knowing to doing what we should in caring for the young persons with this chronic disease. ATPO 2024 at the University of Minnesota Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine (CPOM) last week made this clear. We know much more about how […]

Disrespecting People Who Want to Feel and Look Their Best

January 21, 2024 — Seriously, it is not a problem if people living with obesity value their appearance. Do we really have to say this? Apparently we do. Because all too often we see a subtle bias in discourse about obesity that adds up to disrespecting people who want to look and feel their best. Physician and writer Matthew […]

The Tension Between Trust and Healthy Skepticism

January 7, 2024 — We are living is a time of concern about mistrust, misinformation, and polarization. Edelman has been warning us for years now about deepening distrust that promotes misinformation because people do not know what to believe. It promotes polarization because they come to trust only people with beliefs similar to their own. As we confront misinformation, healthy […]

Reason and Emotion in Obesity Care for Young Persons

December 18, 2023 — Both reason and emotion play a role in obesity care for young persons. Feelings about this subject are strong. The experience of living with obesity is intense for families, children, and youth. Recent reporting makes this clear. Equally clear is reporting and new data that tell us we’re not coping with it very well. Severe […]

The Fake Line Between Obesity and Other Metabolic Disease

November 13, 2023 — Nestled in the midst of a lot of good news last week was a nasty reminder of a persistent problem. It’s the fake line that people persist in drawing between obesity and other metabolic disease. Lilly did it (with consent from FDA) when they decided to put a different brand name on tirzepatide for obesity. […]

OW2023: Pursuing Obesity KAER in Older Adults

October 15, 2023 — For one of his fat-hating laugh lines, Bill Maher asks, “Have you ever have seen a fat 90-year old?” As a matter of fact, that describes a parent or grandparent for any number of our friends. It’s not really funny. It is merely one more way the empathy-challenged Maher betrays his ignorance about obesity. But […]