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Promoting people-first language at ObesityWeek 2016

from TOS

Encouraging the use of people-first language in obesity has been a priority for TOS and ASMBS, especially at ObesityWeek where obesity research is so prominently displayed. People-first language places the focus on individuals who have a condition, rather than defining them as the condition. This can be easily examined by looking at "obese" (e.g., obese children) compared to obesity (e.g., children with obesity).

With preparations under way for ObesityWeek 2016, we want to encourage those attending to ensure appropriate use of people-first language. This meeting serves as a critical opportunity to promote by example. Recognizing the importance of the issue will hopefully lead to improved use of people first language in ObesityWeek 2016. more


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