Changing the terminology to ‘people with obesity’ won’t reduce stigma against fat people

Cat Pausé

Senior Lecturer in Human Development, Massey University, NZ

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The British Psychological Society is calling for changes for how we talk about fatness, suggesting we should no longer use the phrase “obese people”, but instead, “people with obesity” or “people living with obesity”. These changes are being proposed to recognise that fatness is not about personal choice and that fat shaming and fat stigma are harmful. ...

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