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Open Letter of Concern - Panel on Obesity

    1. Joslyn Smith
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      Joslyn Smith

      Newfield, NY

There is controversy as to the existence of effective obesity treatments, the ethical implications of promoting treatments for obesity that do not have long-term follow up data and may have contraindications, and concern that APA's proposed development of Clinical Treatment Guidelines for Obesity may contribute to the structural and institutional discrimination and stigmatization of people of higher weights.

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      • over 2 years ago

      It is important that psychologists have the opportunity to be exposed to the h@es data and perspective. This view is in line with what psychologists are centrally about...the biopsychosocial wellness of individuals. The weight focused perspective is the antithese of our profession. It has done much harm. If psychologists were presented with the h@es view they would resonate with its compassion and its power to set people free. We are a humane profession and therefore h@es will make sense to psychologists. Please give h@es its due voice.

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    • Michelle Allison HILLSBORO, OMAN
      • over 2 years ago

      Because body size is not a behaviour.

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    • Diane Summers SEATTLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Focus needs to be on lifestyle and overall health and well-being, not a number on the scale. If the focus is reduced to a number on the scale, it is weightism which will harm and not help.

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    • Lily O'Hara ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
      • over 2 years ago

      Clinical treatment guidelines must have one goal - to improve the health and wellbeing of being being treated. Treatment should focus on health issues, not physiological characteristics. I would welcome the development of clinical treatment guidelines that focus on reducing the weight concerns of people of all shapes and sizes. This is a very different task to clinical guidelines for obesity treatment.

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    • Sara Clay LONDON, DE
      • over 2 years ago

      I think obese people need educating on what foods can do to them. I watched a programme about Jamie Oliver going to a school in American town where the cooks cooked the children junk food, he tried his best to promote healthy eating but they werent interested. The cooks said the children wanted to eat the junk food Jamie Oliver cried on television he must have felt that he failed those kids. Educate people about food and portion sizes and the benefits of exercising for better health and well being.

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