Isn’t it Time We Refocus Obesity?

People with obesity face stigma on a daily basis. From the doctor’s office to the workplace, people with obesity are constantly bombarded with weight bias. But, there is another form of weight bias that is right in front of our faces on daily basis, and yet, most of us...



How Weight Bias Impacts a Patient with Obesity’s Medical Care

by Sean Phelan, PhD Obesity is one of the most strongly and regularly stigmatized conditions. With the exception of a handful of other important studies, we have little knowledge of how that stigma affects the quality of medical care that patients with obesity receive. In our paper, the “Impact...



The Cascade Effect: How Weight Bias Impacts the Stress on Future Healthcare Professionals While in Medical School

Medical school is an extremely stressful time for its students.  They juggle impossible schedules, complex learning material and demanding faculty and residents — with little sleep and little opportunity for a life outside of medical school.  These factors contribute to high levels of student burnout, depression, anxiety, substance use,...



Lead by Example: How Role Models in the Medical Field Shape Weight Bias

As obesity continues to rise in the U.S., the presence of weight bias and stigma become a growing concern for not only the individuals experiencing it, but the healthcare professionals trying to treat their patients. Identifying why weight bias occurs is an important factor in putting an end to...



Why I Give – OAC Members Give Back by Spreading the Word on Weight Bias and Stigma

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) tackles numerous issues in the field of obesity, and one of these issues is weight bias and stigma. Weight stigma plays a role in everyday life, and remains a socially acceptable form of prejudice in American society that is rarely challenged. To combat this,...



The Growing Pains of Obesity Care

You can already find lots of talk about obesity everywhere you turn. So why is it so important to start a conversation about obesity care with National Obesity Care Week? The problem is that all that talk really isn’t helping because it’s so focused on a symptom of obesity...



Wearing Weight Bias

Why fat-shaming Halloween costumes are still around — and why they shouldn’t be Halloween costume “Anna Rexia,” Source: Refinery29.com Weight stigma comes in many forms, and a new costume promoting an eating disorder has brought attention to this issue. A popular topic of discussion this week has been a...



Fat-shaming – The Arguments Simply Do Not Work

The fight to end fat-shaming always seems to be instantly met with resistance. Just last week, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) took on a high-profile issue with the “Dr. Ken” show, starring real life doctor Ken Jeong. Within minutes of TMZ reporting the story, comments such as this began...



Take Action and Make a Difference!

As we bid adieu to August and welcome September with open arms, it brings us to the realization that “Convention season” really has come to a close for 2015. The anticipation leading up to YWM2015 was palpable, and each attendee left San Antonio with a renewed sense of excitement,...



On Why We Need to Ban the F Word

Take a look around you, and I would be willing to bet money that if you really looked closely enough, you’d see some sort of fat-shaming every single day. It’s sadly something that has become second-nature in our society. Despite the fact that I work for a patient advocacy...



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