People First Language and Appropriate Images
People-first language is the standard for respectfully addressing people with chronic disease, rather than labeling them by their illness. Because of the importance of reducing bias associated with obesity, Obesity Canada and its partners urge everyone to use people-first language.
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Person First Language Policy
Flint, S. W. and Reale, S. (2014). Obesity Stigmatisation from obesity researchers. The Lancet doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62276-5
Kyle, T. K. and Puhl, R. M. (2014). Putting People First in Obesity. doi.org/10.1002/oby.20727
Obesity Action Coalition
Obesity: Language Matters