Addressing weight stigma in healthcare

What can we do to take action?

Wednesday 28 September
19:00–21:00 BST

Addressing weight stigma in healthcare

What can we do to take action?

Wednesday 28 September
19:00–21:00 BST





Nine out of 10 people living with ob*sity report that they have been stigmatised, criticised or abused because of their weight. In this roundtable, we’ll be joined by leading experts with different experiences, including lived experiences and viewpoints to have an open, honest and nuanced discussion about how we can eliminate weight stigma in healthcare practice to better support the health and wellbeing of citizens.

In February 2022, we published a blog titled “Understanding Weight Stigma and How to Combat it”. Whilst this blog was developed by collaborating with those with lived experience and using the latest professional guidance and research on the topic, it is evident that further collaborative conversations need to be had between professionals in consultation with those who have lived experience to better understand where weight stigma shows up in our practice and work, the impact it has on individuals and what action we need to take to truly stamp it out.

During this roundtable, we will explore:

  • Views and lived experiences of weight management and weight stigma
  • Success of current weight management programmes and how it is measured
  • If the negative effects of weight stigma outweigh potential health consequences of a being a higher weight
  • How, when and if we approach weight management as health professionals
  • How can we improve care and move forward – what are the next steps?

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the expert panellists in advance when registering for the event and during the live event. As many questions as possible will be put to the panellists in the Q&A discussion at the end.

Watch this roundtable to:

Gain understanding of
  • What weight stigma looks like and the consequences for physical and mental health
  • How the ‘successes’ of current weight management programmes are measured and the need for change
  • How healthcare professionals can provide weight-neutral health-promotion advice
Be aware of
  • The impact language can have on the patient practitioner relationship
  • The potential impact of internalised weight stigma and ‘health-washing’
  • Emergent approaches to ob*sity management that embrace the complexities and aim to reduce stigma
Be able to
  • Understand how, when or if weight management should be approached as a healthcare professional
  • Ensure practice going forward reduces rather than contributes to weight stigma
  • Adjust language in written and oral communications to ensure it is more inclusive and not stigmatising

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Professor Giles Yeo

Programme outline

Chair’s welcome

Professor Giles Yeo
Professor of Molecular Neuroendocrinology & MRC Investigator Metabolic Research Laboratories & MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit

Professor Giles Yeo's biography

Giles Yeo studies genetics of body-weight at Cambridge University and is Honorary President of the British Dietetic Association. Giles is also a science broadcaster and author. His book ‘Why Calories Don’t Count’ is out now. Giles was appointed an MBE in 2020 for services to ‘Research, Communication and Engagement’.

Melissa Mogor

Professor Paul Gately
Professor of Exercise and Obesity at Obesity Institute Leeds Beckett University, Chief Exec of MoreLife, Executive Director at Obesity UK

Professor Paul Gately’s biography
Paul Gately has focused his work on the development and delivery of intervention programmes that support people living with ob*sity. To ensure people living with ob*sity are at the heart of his work, and to ensure weight stigma is challenged, he was a founding director of Ob*sity UK a members lead organisation providing a voice to people living with ob*sity.

In this roundtable, Paul Gately will share how weight management services can support people living with ob*sity in a way that reduces rather than contributes to weight stigma.

Melissa Mogor

Dr Angela Meadows PhD
Lecturer in Psychology, University of Essex

Dr Angela Meadows’ biography
Dr. Angela Meadows is a weight stigma researcher. She has published over 30 articles and book chapters, and is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and press. She has presented expert testimony to UK and international governmental bodies. In 2013, she founded the Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, now in its eighth year.
Melissa Mogor

Dr Adrian Brown
Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, Centre of Obesity Research, University College London

Dr Adrian Brown’s biography
Dr Adrian Brown is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics in the Centre of Ob*sity Research at University College London. He is also currently the Vice-Chair of the Specialist Ob*sity Group for the British Dietetic Association. His research interests centre around ob*sity, type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery, weight stigma and the use of formula-based diets in different patient populations.

In this roundtable Adrian will share what weight stigma is and the impact weight-related language can have on patient-practitioner relationship and how healthcare professionals can adjust their approach and language to be less stigmatising and more inclusive.

Melissa Mogor

Helen James
CEO Founder, Nutriri

Helen James’s biography
Since 2015 Helen James has been using her own, and gathering other’s, lived experience of weight stigma and diet culture to co-create Nutriri, a social enterprise pushing for #WeightNeutralNow by building an inclusive community, a membership platform, group social prescribing and ambitions to grow a network of in-person weekly meet ups to nurture weight neutral wellbeing, intuitive eating and accessible enjoyable movement.

In this roundtable Helen will share an account of her own living experience of weight stigma and ‘health washing’ to contribute to finding the solution to it and embody genuine weight neutral/inclusive practice.


This roundtable is approved for CPD by the BDA and AfN.
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