Public Health Without Weight Stigma

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Dances With Fat

Public HealthIt’s become popular in recent years to act as if “public health” means making fat people’s health the public’s business, or at least that most public health messaging should include some kind of fat=bad element. Many people insist that it’s impossible to talk about public health without talking about body size.  I disagree.  I think that we can have a complete discussion of public health without ever discussing weight, and I think it would be far superior to what we are doing now.

There are times when a discussion about weight might be indicated – like if there are large fluctuations in weight without explanation, or if a prescription is dosed by weight.  I don’t think there is any need to discuss weight in general public health messaging at all, but I get a lot of push-back on this.

Before I get too far into this, the usual disclaimers about…

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