My first conversation with Dr. Stanford taught me a valuable lesson in addressing overweight and obesity in my patients. When I made reference to ‘obese’ patients. She quickly corrected me, “You ARE NOT overweight or obese. You HAVE overweight or obesity. And saying it the wrong way can affect a person for a lifetime.”

In this episode, Harvard-trained, obesity medicine expert, Dr. Fatima Stanford explains the importance of using people first language and other ways to reduce weight bias and stigma. Our discussion goes far beyond diet and exercise to explore ways to tackle childhood obesity.

The episode covers:
-Her new book, Facing Overweight and Obesity
-How to know if your child has overweight or obesity and why knowing is important
-Health disparities in obesity and how to close the gaps
-Factors that contribute to obesity beyond diet and exercise
-How weight bias and media influences the obesity epidemic
-Appropriate medical management of overweight and obesity
-Family plan for healthy weight: what to do and what not to do

Thank You, Dr. Fatima Stanford!

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Facing Overweight and Obesity

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