Major scientific organizations team up for a Joint Consensus Conference on Obesity Stigma at WCITD 2019 on April 10. People with obesity face not only increased risk of serious medical complications but also a pervasive, resilient form of social stigma. Weight bias undermines access to evidence-based treatments, misleads public health policies, confuses messages in popular media and compromises advances in research. Hence, tackling stigma is not only a matter of social justice but also a way to advance prevention and treatment of obesity and related diseases. A multidisciplinary group, including obesity researchers, clinicians, advocacy experts and other stakeholders will discuss the gap between scientific evidence and the myths and misconceptions that reinforce stigma.
Participate in this unprecedented initiative to address a major stumbling block in the fight against the pandemic of obesity and diabetes!