Posts Tagged ‘public awareness’

New Research at ECOICO: Progress in Reducing Weight Bias?

September 2, 2020 — At ECOICO 2020 today, we’re releasing new research on weight bias. Specifically, we surveyed adults in the U.S. and U.K. about their beliefs regarding obesity and the people who have it. We looked for indications that these beliefs might have changed between 2017 and 2020. In fact, we did find some indications of progress toward […]

Addressing Obesity: Blunt, Objective, or Evasive?

March 14, 2018 — It feels like we’re threading a needle anytime we’re addressing obesity. BBC asks, “Is it wrong to be blunt about obesity?” And the short answer is, probably so. That’s because blunt usually means rude. And rude means you’re adding to the problem. But the answer is not to avoid the subject. The answer is to […]

Is Childhood Obesity No Longer a Public Concern?

March 2, 2018 — Public concern can be a potent force for action. Former First Lady Michelle Obama used her Let’s Move! campaign to rally concern about childhood obesity into action for better childhood nutrition. Unfortunately, recent studies have made it clear that the number of children living with obesity is not declining. This seems to be true across all […]

Don’t Panic, Obesity Is No Longer an Epidemic

February 2, 2018 — Well, actually now it’s officially a pandemic. Nevertheless, it’s pretty clear that the language of obesity panic is totally unhelpful. Unfortunately, what it does accomplish is the promotion of bias and discrimination. The Language of Moral Panic More than a decade ago, Paul Campos published a commentary that described the response to obesity as a […]

Why Is Obesity a Hidden Disease? 

March 3, 2017 — How can it be that obesity is a hidden disease? In a 2009 study of patient records, Jun Ma and colleagues found that healthcare providers seldom diagnose obesity. Of patients with a BMI in the range of obesity, 70% do not receive a diagnosis. Misperceptions in Rural Patients In self reports, people consistently say that […]