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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, the Canadian Obesity Network and their partners urge everyone to use people-first language.

(Click on the links below to access the resources.)

Flint, S. W. and Reale, S. (2014). Obesity Stigmatisation from obesity researchers. The Lancet

Kyle, T. K. and Puhl, R. M. (2014). Putting People First in Obesity. 

Obesity Action Coalition

FREE NON-STIGMATIZING IMAGES: The Canadian Obesity Network Image Bank. The Perfect At Any Size galleries.