From Theory to Policy: Reducing Harms Associated with the Weight-Centered Health Paradigm

Caitlin O’Reilly, Judith Sixsmith

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of harms associated with public policy promotion of the weight-centered health paradigm and suggests that a shift away from weight-centered health policies is required. Given the evidence about the negative health implications of weight-centric health policies, the objectives are to explore why public policy officials uncritically rely on and promote the weight– centered health paradigm and to propose policy alternatives. Based on findings from discourse analysis of “obesity”-related1 policy documents, public health policy solutions to the weight-centered health paradigm are proposed and analyzed, drawing from ten key informant interviews with stakeholders working within the policy, academic, and medical contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-113
Number of pages17
JournalFat Studies
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2012

Keywords

  • Health at every size
  • Public health
  • Public policy
  • Weight-centered health paradigm

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