All-island Obesity News October 2018
 Welcome to the October issue of
All-island Obesity News
This issue includes an overview of the "End Weight Stigma" campaign, promoted by the World Obesity Federation. If you would like to submit an item for inclusion in this newsletter please email
End Weight Stigma 

World Obesity Day 2018, the focus on weight stigma

For #WorldObesityDay2018 the World Obesity Federation chose to raise awareness on the prevalence, severity and diversity of weight stigma. The Federation called on all media channels to put an end to stigmatising language and imagery when discussing obesity. The Federation launched new resources and supporting material on their website, these are freely available to everyone.

Weight stigma is a negative behaviour or attitude directed at individuals and based solely on their weight. Weight stigma remains a taboo subject and is relatively absent from the conversation surrounding obesity.

By focusing on stigma this World Obesity Day the Federation aims to:

• Raise awareness about the presence and impact of weight stigma and what can be done about it.

• Increase member engagement and encourage engagement with advocacy/campaigning on weight stigma.

• Help people overcome the barriers that arise as a result of stigma, which can prevent them getting the medical treatment they need.
What can we do to Reduce Stigma?

• Abandon the use of negative images and language about obesity.

• Generate greater awareness that there are multiple sources of weight stigma and greater understanding of the steps to avoid it

• Government action to improve the environments we live in, rather than focus on individual responsibility and blame.

• Health care providers to acknowledge the environmental factors that cause obesity, which will improve support and efficacy during diagnosis and treatment.
To learn more about this campaign visit World Obesity Day.
13 November 2018 | Dublin, IE
All-island Obesity Action Forum: Reformulating our obesogenic environment.

23 November 2018 | Enfield, IE
Prevention Matters: Making the Difference

20-21 November 2018 | Harrogate, UK
BAPEN Annual Conference 2018

4-5 December 2018 | London, UK
Nutrition Society: Winter Conference 2018: Optimal diet and lifestyle strategies for the management of cardio-metabolic risk

Report 1
Physical Activity for the 28 European Union Member States of the WHO European region - Read the report
Report 2
Weight Management Guide – Mullingar Hospital  - Read the report
Report 3
Food Security, Food Purchasing, and Nutritional Intake in Northern Ireland - Read the report
Report 4
What national and subnational interventions and policies based on Mediterranean and Nordic diets are recommended or implemented in the WHO European Region, and is there evidence of effectiveness? - Read the report

Pre-pregnancy body mass index and breastfeeding initiation, early cessation and longevity: evidence from the first wave of the UK Millennium Cohort Study (Abstract)
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Night Shift Work Before and During Pregnancy and Offspring Weight Outcomes Through Adolescence. (abstract)
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Prenatal education of overweight or obese pregnant women to prevent childhood overweight (the ETOIG study): an open-label, randomized controlled trial. (abstract)
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Influence of maternal obesity on the association between common pregnancy complications and risk of childhood obesity: an individual participant data meta-analysis. (systematic review)
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Effects of physical exercise during pregnancy on maternal and infant outcomes in overweight and obese pregnant women: A meta-analysis. (systematic review)
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The Guardian
Pizzas and other snacks could shrink in bid to cut childhood obesity
Irish Examiner

Call to weigh children in school to tackle obesity

BBC News
Obesity will kill more women than smoking in 25 years

Irish Independent
New campaign helps parents raise stronger, fitter and healthier families

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