Help Stop Weight Bias for Obesity Care Week 2021!

Obesity Care Week 2021 (#OCW2021) is here!

From Feb. 28 to March 6, 2021, our Salud America! Latino health equity team at UT Health San Antonio, is happy to be an OCW2021 Champion to support this awareness week.

Obesity Care Week - overviewObesity Care Week is an annual public awareness effort to end weight bias, as well as raise awareness, educate and advocate for a better world for people living with obesity.

Salud America! research shows that U.S. Latinos face health inequities in many areas—from poverty and social support to access to affordable housing and transit—that contribute to higher rates of obesity. Latino adults have higher obesity rates than their white peers (47% and 37.9%), as do Latino children (20.7% and 11.7%). This, in turn, leads to disparities in diabetes and risk for COVID-19 and other health conditions. Addressing the root causes can help address obesity.

#OCW2021 has different focus days to stimulate conversations about obesity:

  • February 28: Launch Day
  • March 1: Weight Bias
  • March 2: Obesity Prevention & Treatment
  • March 3: Access to Care
  • March 4: World Obesity Day
  • March 5: Childhood Obesity
  • March 6: “I Care” Day

Please join us in supporting this annual awareness week to help change the way we care about obesity, especially for communities of color.

Obesity Care Week is led by Obesity Action Coalition, The Obesity Society, the STOP Obesity Alliance, the Obesity Medicine Association, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

stop weight bias 1 obesityThe Obesity Action Coalition also has launched Stop Weight Bias, a national campaign to end weight bias and push equality forward. Sadly, surveys show that 90% of people felt that weight bias exists in today’s society, and 41.7% had experienced stigma because of their weight.

The campaign also has great PSAs and infographics and fact sheets on this topic.

Sign-up for OCW Alerts or visit ObesityCareWeek.org. Use #OCW2021 on social media.

Editor’s Note: Image credit to the Obesity Action Coalition.

The post Help Stop Weight Bias for Obesity Care Week 2021! appeared first on Salud America.

Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in Fuerza por la Salud

Related Articles

Achieving a Cohesive Culture for Health Equity in Latino and All Communities: A Research Review

Do you notice how much some of your neighbors are suffering? A widening socioeconomic gap, racism, and discrimination contribute to inequitable distribution of healthcare and mental and physical health disparities among Latinos and other people of color and those in poverty, especially amid COVID-19. But it doesn’t have to be this way. A cohesive culture …
The post Achieving a Cohesive Culture for Health Equity in Latino and All Communities: A Research Review appeared first on Salud America.

Introduction & Methods: A Cohesive Culture for Health Equity in Latino and All Communities

This is part of the Salud America! Achieving a Cohesive Culture for Health Equity in Latino and All Communities: A Research Review» Abstract Health inequities are persistent in the United States. A widening socioeconomic gap, extensive poverty, and multi-level racism, discrimination, and segregation contribute to inequitable distribution of healthcare, resources, and a significant disparity in …
The post Introduction & Methods: A Cohesive Culture for Health Equity in Latino and All Communities appeared first on Salud America.

4 Reasons to Think Structuralist, Instead of Individualistic, to Improve Health Equity

Every person is a unique individual. But if you look closely, you’ll see each person lives, learns, works, and plays within social and environmental conditions that influence their individual health and wealth. Some people face health barriers because of structural and systemic policies that curb their access to quality housing, transportation, medical care, food, jobs, …
The post 4 Reasons to Think Structuralist, Instead of Individualistic, to Improve Health Equity appeared first on Salud America.

Research: In Rural Areas, Latinos Face Poverty and Other Inequities

This is part of the Salud America! Achieving a Cohesive Culture for Health Equity in Latino and All Communities: A Research Review» Disparities in Poverty Exist across Geography Disparities in poverty rates also exist across geography: child poverty rates are highest in rural counties, at 23.2%, compared to large urban metro areas (21.2%), smaller metro …
The post Research: In Rural Areas, Latinos Face Poverty and Other Inequities appeared first on Salud America.

We Need to Recognize Toxic Stress as a Health Condition with Clinical Implications

There is a common health condition with serious medical consequences that has not been nationally recognized by the medical or public health community—toxic stress response. Toxic stress is the body’s response to prolonged trauma─like abuse or discrimination─with no support. It can harm lifelong mental, physical, and behavioral health, especially for Latinos and others of color. …
The post We Need to Recognize Toxic Stress as a Health Condition with Clinical Implications appeared first on Salud America.

Responses