This Friday, 4th March is World Obesity Day and Leeds Rhinos Foundation is joining partner organisations across the city in calling on people to act against stigma and support people living with obesity.
In Leeds, around 150,000 adults live with obesity, that’s 1 in 4 adults. We know the roots of obesity run deep, and we understand that every individual is different and should be treated with kindness and respect.
Here are quotes from people living with Obesity who experienced weight bias and/or discrimination in Leeds, when asked what would help to improve their health and wellbeing:
“I know I need help, but I need understanding first”
“I want to be accepted and supported”
“My weight stems from past trauma, I need help with that first”
“I just want to be heard”
“More compassionate support”
“Not everything has to be about my weight”
The only way we can make progress is by working together to ensure our health systems, schools, employers and community groups are equipped to support people better and reduce the stigma. Everybody has to play their part.
Together, we can give everybody the best chance to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
Show your support by using the #LeedsAgainstStigma on your social media posts and play your part in helping to speak out against the stigma.
More respect. Better care. Bold policies. Real action.
For more information about how Leeds is standing up against stigma and supporting people living with obesity, please visit www.worldobesityday.org/Stories/leeds-against-stigma-supporting-people-with-obesity.