Response to The Conversation: “Should GPs bring up a patient’s weight in consultations about other matters? We asked 5 experts.”

Jul 18, 2023 | Highlights of actions, Latest news & media


The Conversation posted an article last week, titled Should GPs bring up a patient’s weight in consultations about other matters? We asked 5 experts. Our stigma expert group drafted a response to this. It is an important topic but one that requires nuance and care to debate. Once again, there are no black and white answers.

The team were concerned that the article creates the misperception that the topic discussed is a simple issue that can be depicted as a binary yes or no. While opinions vary, all five experts recognise that obesity is highly stigmatised and emphasise the need for sensitivity in approaching conversations about weight. Some also highlighted the need for further resources and training to support healthcare professionals in providing effective and non-stigmatising care.


Read the full letter here.

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