World Obesity Day is on the 11 th of October and we have partnered with World
Obesity to help spread awareness and information about their #EndWeightStigma
World Obesity Day was launched in 2015 as an annual campaign to stimulate and
support practical solutions to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and
to reverse the global obesity crisis.
The number of adults living with obesity continues to rise. On current
trends, 2.7billion adults worldwide will live with obesity by 2025, of which 177
million adults will be in need of treatment as a result of severe obesity.
This #WorldObesityDay we are asking you to help us #EndWeightStigma by calling
out examples of stigma and prejudice in the media and online.
Stigmatisation is harmful for a vast array of reasons, amongst them the fact that it
leads to harmful misconceptions being popularised and spread. There are many
other reasons to focus on the elimination of stigmatisation, such as:
· Stigmatising obesity undermines people’s health and makes it harder to seek
· Negative images and language reinforce stigma around obesity. Modern
environments encourage and promote unhealthy lifestyles. Obesity is not about
individual blame but shared responsibility in society
· A positive, supportive narrative between clinicians and their patients will increase
the effectiveness of care.
Now that we know why stigmas are harmful we must know divert our focus towards
how to end such stigmas. These are some of the most useful strategies that have
been decided upon:
- Media outlets must cease using negative language and images about obesity.
- Health care practitioners must acknowledge the fact that environmental
factors play a considerable role in the spread and encouragement of obesity.
- We must spread awareness about the toxicity of stigmas and how to avoid
them in the workplace and other facets of life.
- The government must take action in mitigating the environmental influences
that lead to obesity instead of simply shifting blame onto those negatively