Posts Tagged ‘obesity stigma’

ADA2024: How Big Is the Problem with Scale for Obesity Care?

June 24, 2024 — One thing is plain to us in the huge showing of interest in obesity at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions (ADA2024). The scale of opportunity is large because the unmet medical need is great. And yet we face a tremendous problem of scale for coping with the need for obesity care. We have problems […]

Guest Post: Can’t Win for Losing

May 18, 2024 — Recently, prominent singer and talk show host, Kelly Clarkson, admitted to taking medication to help with their weight, and the world is losing its mind, again. It seems more and more these days the “admission” of taking medication to treat a serious chronic disease is met with backlash by anyone really. Whether it’s family, friends, […]

Does Treating Obesity Make Us Fat-Phobic?

April 13, 2024 — In The Conversation this week, Emma Beckett tells us that drugs for treating obesity won’t cure it, “but they might make us more fat-phobic.” Her rationale is simple enough. All the buzz “plays into ideas of fat stigma and fat phobia.” No matter that doctors, scientists, and the FDA all say otherwise, she says these […]

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 […]