Recently we published the results from the Australian people with obesity and doctors who took part in the ACTION IO study.
This World Obesity Day, let's make sure the emphasis is on gain in health and not merely loss of weight. Join me and other people with the lived experience, health professionals and organisations as we join together to change the narrative, from one of individual responsibility to one of shared collective responsibility.
People with obesity are constantly shamed and blamed for their chronic health condition. This is because many people - including doctors, policymakers, and others - do not understand that obesity is a disturbance of normal physiology. They see it as a simple lack of willpower, laziness, or a refusal to "eat less and move more".
As one of the authors of the ACTION-IO study, I was asked to present on the study findings to an audience of medical doctors from around the world.