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Psychological Perspectives on Obesity: Addressing Policy, Practice, and Research Priorities

24 September 2019

This document was written by the BPS Obesity Task and Finish Group and looks at what psychological evidence and perspectives can add to help improve our combined response to obesity.

The document seeks to guide professionals and policy makers working with individuals, groups, and populations that are impacted by obesity to take an approach that is guided by psychology.

It provides a series of recommendations based around the following areas:

  • Reducing weight-related stigma
  • Psychologically informed policy
  • Standards and guidelines
  • Training and supervision
  • Weight management services

Where possible the document strives to use person-centred language and a strengths-based approach.


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