OAC Action Center

Weight Bias Issues

Weight Bias Issues

Sign-on to OAC’s Letter Addressing Weight Bias in CBS’s Blue Bloods

HERE’S THE ISSUE: A recent episode of CBS’ Blue Bloods featured a character’s decision to have gastric bypass surgery in a negative light. The episode, which shamed the character’s decision and referred to surgery as the “easy way out” and a “cosmetic procedure,” is offensive and unacceptable. Bariatric surgery is a scientifically sound treatment for obesity and no one should be discriminated for seeking this tool.

YOUR ASK: Add your name to our letter to CBS executives to help end weight bias on television!


Weight Bias Issues

  • Tweet/post replies to social media articles that focus on weight-loss instead of health
  • Call out someone for not using People First Language or appropriate visuals
  • Discuss People First Language with family and friends
  • Write a letter to a T.V. show that shares characters affected by obesity (positive or negative)
  • Let us know when you correct someone for not using People First Language for obesity
  • Tag your providers office on social media when you have a good experience or if they are patient-friendly

Past Weight Bias Issues

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