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Dr. Dietz Explores Obesity Myths and Misconceptions

December 13, 2014 | Community News

IMG_1833“Obesity is the most stigmatized condition in our society,” said Dr. William H. Dietz, director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University.

Obesity is not a choice but a development caused by any number of personal and external factors. Once awareness is increased, health officials can marshal effort to change public opinion against obesity very much like in the campaign against smoking.

“The best investments we can make, said Dr. Dietz, are people-based.” Use people first language and start to move from what to how. Use authority to set standards for ECE and as health professionals, agree on consistent messages and strategies. Collaboration is key so align with other efforts: Let’s Move, YMCA, United Way, hospitals, community-based organizations. Always institute measures that capture progress and benefits.

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