‘Just like many other things, fat shaming is now deemed racist and sexist. But with an obesity epidemic looming which will cost us all, tip-toeing around the issue won’t help.
More than 100 groups, including the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes UK, the NHS, European Association for the Study of Obesity and the World Obesity Federation, this month endorsed a statement published in nature.com calling for an “end to the negative stigma associated with obesity.”
“People with obesity commonly face a pervasive, resilient form of social stigma,” the joint international consensus statement read. “Weight stigma damages health, undermines human and social rights, and is unacceptable in modern societies.”
The lead author of the statement, professor and chair of metabolic surgery at King’s College in London, Francesco Rubino asked the public to “join the pledge” on his Twitter page.’