Stigma of obesity


Discrimination, bias and stigma due to extra weight are frequent experiences for many individuals who are obese. This will have serious consequences for their social and personal well-being, and emotional health.

Social stigma of obesity has created many negative impacts and has caused disadvantages. Weight stigma is similar to it and has been defined as bias or discriminatory behaviors targeted at individuals, because of their weight. Such social stigmas can span an entire life, as long as excess weight is present. Stigma and bias refer to negative attitudes that affect interpersonal interactions and activities in a detrimental way. Stigma may come in several forms, including physical stigma (such as touching, grabbing), verbal types of bias (such as teasing, insults, stereotypes, derogatory names, or pejorative language), or other barriers and obstacles due to weight (such as medical equipment that is too small, chairs or seats in public venues which do not fit, or stores which do not carry clothing in large sizes).  In an extreme form, stigma can result in both subtle and overt forms of discrimination, such as employment discrimination where an obese employee is denied a position due to appearance, despite being qualified.

Many health policy scholars and public health initiatives have suggested that weight stigma can motivate weight loss, but the evidence does not support this notion. Experiencing weight stigma is consistently related to a lack of motivation to exercise and a propensity to overeat.

How to deal with weight stigma?

  • Rather than feeling inferior, practice positive self-talk strategies that emphasize self-acceptance and positive self-esteem.
  • Educate others about the stigma of obesity to help challenge negative attitudes.
  • Get support from people who are struggling with weight stigma, or from friends  who are supportive.
  • Instead of avoiding enjoyable activities because of negative feelings about your weight, set goals to ease these restrictions and participate more fully in these experiences.
  • Be vocal about individual needs and positively assert these to appropriate individuals
  • Participate in public groups to protest weight stigmatization.
  • Talk to a therapist to help identify ways to cope with stigma and to replace self-defeating thoughts or self-blame with healthier ways of coping.


For more details, please visit: Obesity Meeting 2019


Srija Sam| Program Manager
Obesity Meeting 2019

Impact of obesity on pregnancy



Obesity among pregnant women has become the most important health issues. Maternal obesity can cause negative outcomes for both women and fetuses and it also increases the risk of a number of pregnancy complications.

Obesity during pregnancy can cause the following complications:

  • High blood pressure, preeclampsia and blood clotting problems.
  • Gestational diabetes.
  • Cesarean
  • Miscarriage or stillbirth.
  • Trouble losing pregnancy weight after giving birth
  • Infections during pregnancy, like urinary tract infections
  • Sleep apnea
  • Problems with breastfeeding

The baby can have the following problems:

  • Premature birth
  • Birth defects
  • Macrosomia
  • Diabetes, heart disease and obesity later in life

Prevention of obesity in women of reproductive age is widely recognized to be important both for their health and for that of their offspring. Following are few ways to lose weight during pregnancy:

  1. Consult with the doctor
  2. Empty calories should be avoided
  3. Prenatal supplements should be taken
  4. Do not overdo workouts
  5. Dieting should be avoided for the health of the mother and off spring
  6. Keep a track of food intake

Key topics:

  • Obesity and Infertility
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • Overdue pregnancy
  • Premature Birth
  • Macrosomia
  • Neonatal Death


To submit your abstracts for the track Obesity during pregnancy, please visit: Obesity Meeting 2019



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Obesity Meeting 2019
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How is diabetes linked to obesity?


Obesity increases the chances of developing the common type of diabetes, type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, body makes enough insulin but the cells in the body have become resistant to the salutary action of insulin. Therefore the blood sugar levels are high as the muscle cells become resistant to glucose. Hence, the glucose from blood cannot enter in the cells where it is used for energy.  Fat in the abdomen can also cause insulin insensitivity. An overweight body with a BMI more than 30 is one of the risk factor for Insulin resistance.

Equivalent to the Center for Disease Control, of the general population who are determined to have type II diabetes, between 80-90% are additionally analyzed as obese. Type II diabetes is a forever (chronic) ailment in which there is large amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood and the cells dispose of the insulin. Type II diabetes is the most widely recognized type of diabetes.

Type II diabetes weight gain is regular in individuals who take insulin to treat diabetes. That is a result of more insulin which is used to maintain blood glucose level, more glucose is ingested into cells, contrast with the body. The absorbed glucose is put away as fat, which increases weight.

Key topics:

  • Obesity and Type 2 diabetes
  • Transplantation for Diabetes
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Role of Hyperinsulinism


To submit your abstracts for the track Obesity and Diabetes, please visit: Obesity Meeting 2019



Srija Sam| Program Manager
Obesity Meeting 2019
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Obesity and Cancer


Research over the years has shown that obesity and cancer are linked to each other, excess body fat increases risk for several cancers, including colorectal, post-menopausal breast, endometrial, esophageal, kidney and pancreatic cancers.

The possible reasons for how obesity can be linked to cancer:

  • Increased levels of insulin and insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-1), this can help to develop some cancers
  • Chronic, low-level inflammation is more common in people who are obese and it increases cancer risk
  • Higher amounts of estrogen is produced by fat tissue. This can drive the development of  breast and endometrial cancers
  • The processes that regulate cancer cell growth can be effected by fat cellsOne of the strongest links between obesity and cancer is an increased risk of breast and womb cancers in women who are obese after the menopause, and this relates to higher estrogen levels.

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  • Obesity and Endometrium Cancer
  • Obesity and Gall Bladder Cancer
  • Obesity and Pancreatic Cancer
  • Obesity and Prostate Cancer
  • Obesity and Myeloma
  • Thoracic Cancer

Cancer and obesity: What you can do to prevent it?

The most important thing to prevent cancer is to maintain a healthy weight.

Steps to take to prevent obesity:

  • Eat a healthy and nutritious diet
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Stay active
  • Fatty and sugary foods should be avoided


To submit your abstracts for the track Obesity and Cancer, please visit: Obesity Meeting 2019


Srija Sam| Program Manager
Obesity Meeting 2019
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How does junk food cause obesity?



Obesity and Calorie Intake

Junk food contains high calories but low nutritional value. It usually contains high amounts of sugar, fat and less minerals, vitamins or nutrients which are essential for good health. Increase in calorie intake and inadequate physical activity can lead to obesity.

The basic reasons for how Obesity is cause by junk food:

Unhealthy ingredients: Most of the junk food contains large amounts of sugar, fats and carbs which is associated with increase in weight. Unhealthy calories are taken through junk food, it leads to weight gain and ultimately obesity.Choosing-More-Healthy-Carbs-Keeps-You-Slim

Large portions: The unhealthy ingredients of the junk food are increased portion sizes which have grown parallel with the average body weight of a person. As the portions have become large, the person will eat the complete meal. This means that people are eating bigger portions of junk food leading to Obesity.

Low cost: The reason for people to continue eating junk food even after knowing its effects is the low cost it is available in. Junk food costs less than healthy food which makes it more affordable for everyone.

Convenience: Junk food is easily available which makes it a convenient option than making food at home using healthier ingredients.

Food is always related to the health and well-being of a person. Junk food should be avoided and should be not made available at schools to reduce Childhood Obesity. Instead, healthy and nutritious food should be made easily available.


For more details, please visit: Obesity Meeting 2019


Srija Sam| Program Manager
Obesity Meeting 2019
Email: |