Saturday 18th May 2019

Tackling Obesity Together

infographic_15_750pxCommunication is the first key step towards addressing the stigma. Health professionals can make a real difference in helping to reduce weight stigma guide patients towards achieving weight loss goals. It is important for clinicians to become aware of their own biases and develop empathy towards patients living with obesity and address concerns of obese patients. There are training courses available for health professionals that may aid in achieving this and help to develop critical knowledge of obesity as a disease.

Healthcare providers should be aware that many patients have tried to lose weight repeatedly; therefore it is critical to acknowledge the difficulty of lifestyle changes and help patients recognise that even small weight losses can have significant health gains.

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