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Do weight perceptions among obese adults in Great Britain match clinical definitions? Analysis of cross-sectional surveys from 2007 and 2012
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    Re:Is self-identification as 'obese' really a public health solution?

    Dr Ian Brown rightly highlights the potential dangers of an atmosphere of stigma around weight, and suggests that rejection of the term 'obese' may be protective of body self-esteem (1). This is an important point, as the term 'obese' is clearly perceived as stigmatising by many, and perceived stigma has been associated with poorer weight outcomes as well as psychological distress (2). However, our perspective is that...

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    Is self-identification as 'obese' really a public health solution?

    Johnson et al. [1] provide a benchmark figure for the low (and lowering) levels of identification with the term 'obese' in Great Britain. The stance of the article, not unreasonably, is that low self- identification is a problem for public health. An alternative conclusion might be that respondents have increasingly sophisticated appreciation of social desirability and demonstrate a valuable resistance to the negative st...

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