Psychological perspectives on obesity

We bring you the best of our obesity-related content from the archive.

In September 2019 the BPS launched their report ‘Psychological perspectives on obesity: Addressing policy, practice and research priorities’. The report highlights the complexity of obesity and calls for government policy to be informed by evidence from psychology. Recommendations include using language that does not stigmatise and avoiding framing obesity as a choice. Find the full report here, along with Angel Chater's blog on it.

These are our favourite obesity-related articles from The Psychologist and the Research Digest:

Rethinking the public health approach to obesity
Joanne Rathbone and colleagues

Obesity stigma and the misdirection of responsibility
Alex Bogaardt highlights the role of inequality in obesity.

When a body meets a body: fat enters the consulting room
An exclusive chapter from a new book 'The Fat Lady Sings', by Cheryl Fuller, published by Karnac.

Body weight and the credibility of psychologists
What might fat stigma mean for overweight practitioners?

Serving up trouble? Advertising food to children
As pressure grows on food advertisers, Jason C.G. Halford looks at the evidence.

Obesity special interest group
Ella Rhodes on a British Psychological Society call for a national voice in the debate.

Obesity management and the paradox of control
Jane Ogden argues that psychological solutions are not always best.

Helping policy makers understand obesity
Ella Rhodes reports from a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Psychology. 

Sweet move in obesity policy
Ella Rhodes reports on the 'sugar tax'. 

Sugar levy leaves bitter taste
Ella Rhodes asked psychologists what better approaches there could be. 

If obesity is a disease, is labelling it that way the cure?
Melanie Tannenbaum for the Research Digest. 

Find plenty more on obesity in The Psychologist and Research Digest

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