Coinciding with World Obesity Day, over 100 international medical and scientific organisations have today pledged their support for a consensus statement that recognises unscientific public narratives of obesity as a major cause of weight stigma and calls for strong policies and legislation to prevent weight-based discrimination.
Today Liver Wellness joins the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) and many other Irish organisations to take the pledge to eliminate weight bias and stigma. Please click on the link to take the pledge to end obesity stigma www.pledge2endobesitystigma.org
PLEDGE TO ELIMINATE WEIGHT BIAS AND STIGMA OF OBESITY
We Recognize That: • Individuals affected by overweight and obesity face a pervasive form of social stigma based on the typically unproven assumption that their body weight derives primarily from a lack self-discipline and personal responsibility. • Such portrayal is inconsistent with current scientific evidence demonstrating that body weight regulation is not entirely under volitional control, and that biological, genetic and environmental factors critically contribute to obesity. • Weight bias and stigma can result in discrimination and undermine human rights, social rights, and the health of afflicted individuals. • Weight stigma and discrimination cannot be tolerated in modern societies.
We Condemn: • The use of stigmatizing language, images, attitudes, policies, and weight-based discrimination, wherever they occur.
We Pledge: • To treat individuals with overweight and obesity with dignity and respect. • To refrain from using stereotypical language, images, and narratives that unfairly and inaccurately depict individuals with overweight and obesity as lazy, gluttonous, and lacking will power or self-discipline. • To encourage and support educational initiatives aimed at eradicating weight bias through dissemination of current knowledge of obesity and body weight regulation. • To encourage and support initiatives aimed at preventing weight discrimination in the workplace, education, and healthcare settings. ... See MoreSee Less