Obesity and Stigma

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GPs should not be afraid to recommend weight loss programmes

A recent study published in The Lancet has described how many doctors do not address some patient’s weight due to lack of time, fear of causing offence, and doubting that interventions will be effective. This is in spite of official guidelines recommending...
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Lasting mental effects of discrimination in adolescents

The bullying experienced by overweight adolescents can lead to significant emotional problems in later life. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology it has been found that the demeaning responses from...
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Parent’s perception of child weight has larger impact than once thought

A collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Florida State University College of Medicine has recently taken place to determine the effect of parents perception of their children’s weight on subsequent weight gain. They found that parents...
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The media’s influence on the perception of obesity

A new study has examined how obesity is portrayed in the media and its subsequent effect on people’s support for different obesity related issues. Researchers at UCLA and Stanford exposed participants to different news articles that portrayed obesity...
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Clinicians not seeing obesity through the eyes of the patient

There is a deep disconnect between the way patients perceive obesity, and their healthcare providers. This is based on a recent qualitative study, due to be released in 2016; it suggests that clinicians are far too scientific in their understanding, and...
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Mothers find it difficult to admit that their children are obese

Admitting that they themselves are obese is easier for a mother than admitting their child is. This comes after a study conducted in Ireland found that mothers were more honest and accurate about their own height and weight, but only 17% of mothers of...
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