New Pledge to Abolish Pernicious Obesity Stigma

March 6, 2020

Global leaders in obesity research plus hundreds of medical, scientific, & academic associations and institutions have taken this pledge to end the stigma.

An expert panel of obesity researchers from leading academic medical institutions and scientific associations published a consensus statement in Nature Medicine on March 4, 2020 that includes condemnation of "the use of stigmatizing language, images, attitudes, policies, and weight-based discrimination, wherever they occur."The consensus statement incorporates a pledge to end weight stigma and discrimination; the authors call on stakeholders across social and scientific institutions, including in the workplace, education, healthcare settings, goverment, and policy-making arenas to sign on.We highlight this first pledge of its kind in the slides below and review the terms that describe the barriers to effective management of  obesity on all levels.