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Position paper calls for strengthening of obesity research

Researchers led by a team from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have published a position paper recommending changes to improve the evidence for natural experiments in obesity following a systematic literature review. The position paper, ‘Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity: A Systematic Review’, was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Are PCPs in England prejudice against bariatric surgery?

Primary care practitioners (PCPs) may be prejudiced against bariatric surgery, according to the results of a small survey conducted in England. The study, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, concluded that that PCPs have low referral rates for bariatric surgery, lack confidence and support managing bariatric surgery patients, and are not well informed regarding the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery.

BBC programme to examine obesity bias

On Tuesday 11th April at 9-10pm, BBC2 will broadcast a documentary highlighting the poor access to surgery experienced by people in England and Wales. Specially, the programme will report how people with obesity are unable to access bariatric surgery despite NICE guideline – because Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are not failing to commission bariatric surgery.

Weight discrimination effects depression and QoL

Weight discrimination is linked to significantly lower quality of life, and accounts for approximately 40% of the negative psychological effects associated with obesity, according to researchers from the University College London (UCL), London, UK. The study, funded by Cancer Research UK, analysed data from 5,056 UK adults and found that those who felt discriminated against on the basis of their weight had a 70% increase in symptoms of depression, a 14% drop in quality of life (QoL) and 12% lower life satisfaction, compared with those who did not perceive weight discrimination.

Link between obesity and PCOS exaggerated, study claims

Women who actively seek treatment for the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) tend to be heavier than those identified through screening of the general population, and according to researchers this could be exaggerating the relationship between obesity and PCOS.

Doctors show anti-obesity bias, claims study

Medical doctors are as biased against obesity as the general public, according to a study published in the open access journal PLoS ONE.

The research carried out by Dr Janice Sabin from the University of Washington, Seattle, and colleagues from the University of Virginia, concluded that there is strong implicit and explicit anti-fat bias among doctors that should be addressed to prevent weight discrimination in healthcare and the quality of care delivered to overweight patients.

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