Obesity stigma and its impact on health: A narrative review

Translated title of the contribution: Obesity stigma and its impact on health: A narrative review

David Sánchez-Carracedo*

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Abstract

Weight stigma and weight bias are pervasive in our society and are based on wrong assumption that obesity derives basically from a lack self-discipline and personal responsibility, obviating recent evidence showing that obesity is a prevalent, complex, progressive, and relapsing chronic disease that results from the interaction between behavioural, environmental, genetic, and metabolic factors. This narrative review provides an overview of recent research on this problem, mainly focused on the negative impact of weigh stigma on health. Overall, recent evidence shows that weight stigma can contribute to worsening obesity-related problems and creating additional barriers to effective obesity care and prevention. In addition, a brief description of some of the most important international initiatives to address the weight stigma is provided.

Translated title of the contributionObesity stigma and its impact on health: A narrative review
Original languageSpanish
JournalEndocrinologia, Diabetes y Nutricion
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

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