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Weight stigma: Why everybody needs to act
Weight stigma is one of the most common forms of discrimination in modern societies, alongside racism and sexism, writes Dr Georgia Rigas.
It is estimated that 19–42% of adults living with obesity experience stigma.
Weight stigma has been well documented in a large variety of societal domains, such as education, the workplace, healthcare, and the media.
Weight stigma: causes and effects
Image courtesy of World Obesity
In these for ever changing times, I thought I'd share these valuable resources with you.
Given we are all working in different therapeutic landscapes with different resources available to us, and different degrees of enforced lockdown, virtual consults are becoming increasingly utilised.
In this module there are two vignettes:
- one possible example of how to conduct a new patient virtual consult with a patient living with obesity;
- one possible example of how to conduct a follow-up virtual consult with a patient living with obesity
This is by now means the only way it can be done; nor is it meant to be prescriptive. Its to empower you and reassure it that it can be done during the time constraints of clinical practice.
Remember- obesity is a chronic progressive disease- we don't have to tackle everything in one consultation; rather we should work collaboratively with the patient -chipping away at it a little at a time.
I hope you find it and the other modules in this series useful.
RACGP Specific Interest Obesity Management Network
If you are a GP and would like to learn more about the management of people with obesity, please consider joining this Network of like-minded GPs.
The Obesity Management Network acts as an educational support, reference group and networking body for general practitioners with an interest in this area. Our knowledge about obesity, the factors that contribute to weight gain, and the different treatment modalities are constant changing and evolving as further ongoing research into these areas is being undertaken. The Network keeps up to date with and discusses a variety of evidence-based therapies for obesity management.
For more information click on below links
- Obesity Factsheet
- Adapted from table 6.4 of NHMRC 2013 Obesity management guidelines
- Australian Diabetes Society: Australian algorithm for the Management of Obesity, 2016