Talking about obesity with Stephanie deGiorgio and Naveed Sattar

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Fatphobia has been described as society’s last ‘ism’. Whilst our understanding of weight and health has changed over time, there is still a stigma towards people who are overweight or obese, and an assumption that they must be unhealthy, and unhealthy by choice. However, the correlation between weight and health may not be as clear cut as our societal biases would lead us to believe, and, therefore, the challenge for GPs is to make a conscious efforts to overcome our preconceptions so that they may provide the best support for our obese patients. This week, we discuss the need for a zero tolerance towards fat shaming at an organisational level, and how we can make GP practices more accessible for this group of patients. We also talk about retraining the palette in order to sustain weight loss, and our duty to lobby for better community-based weight management services. Our guests: Stephanie deGiorgio is a GP, and the clinical lead in the UTC at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate. She has a special interest in obesity.

Naveed Sattar is a professor of Metabolic Medicine at the University of Glasgow. His main research concerns investigating the prevention, causes and management of diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

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