Fat-shaming – It Needs to Stop!

In the late ‘90s the female lead character in the sitcom “Hearts Afire” was asked by Cosmo to do an article on what it was like to be fat. The character put on a fat suit to experience how fat people were treated and as you might guess, it...



Empowering Yourself to Talk to Your Provider about Stigma

My previous posts (Post 1 & Post 2) explained how obesity stigma appears in healthcare, even for children, and how to prepare to talk to your child’s doctor about weight. One of the next things to consider is how to talk to your child’s providers about weight stigma. Patients...



Preparing for the Discussion of Weight with Your Child’s Healthcare Provider

My last post talked about how doctors often stigmatize patients based on their weight. Whether or not your child is affected by obesity, you should be prepared to discuss weight, activity and nutrition when you visit your child’s doctor. It is difficult for parents to look at a child...



Stigma in Children’s Healthcare

I was talking with one of my public health students, the mother of an eight-year-old, when she told me that she was worried about taking her little girl to the doctor. She was embarrassed because she knew the doctor was going to tell her that her child was “overweight.”...



Weight Bias – It’s NOT Trendy

As editor of Your Weight Matters Magazine, I receive dozens of pitches on a daily basis for possible article topics. Earlier this week, I received a pitch with “Why is being a FAT head the trend of 2014?” as the subject line of the email. The gist of the...



“What’s happening out there – examples not to live by – yours, mine and ours?”

Often there are subtle reminders of the weight bias out there. And sometimes they come in through the back door with no anticipation of their arrival. Such is the story I am about to tell. Let me preface things by saying I have been fortunate in not experiencing (overt)...



Measure Your Bias

Let’s talk about weight bias and discrimination. I’ll start. I’ve been fat, I’ve been thin, I’ve cared for patients and counseled friends with obesity, I’ve provided educational sessions to healthcare providers and public health students on managing weight bias. And yet, there are those times when I fail to...



Weight Bias – What can we do?

Weight bias is everywhere and manifests itself in both obvious and subtle ways. Not surprisingly, even for those of us committed to fighting it, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss about what to do when we see it and perhaps even more confounding, what to do we do...



Charging by the Pound

Warning: Sarcasm ahead - A recent news article was sent to me today that discussed a Samoan airline, which will now charge passengers by the pound. The article, titled “A Samoan Airline Now Charges Passengers by Body Weight,” discusses how Samoa Air will now charge its passengers based on body...



Changing Perception with the OAC Mission: One Mind at a Time

As I reflect on my time spent representing the OAC at various conferences, meetings and in other public forums, I feel many different emotions: The joy of seeing people’s eyes light up when they learn that we are truly here for them to help them find a better, healthier...



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