The challenge of weight stigma for women in the preconception period: workshop recommendations for action from the 5th European Conference on Preconception Health and Care

Briony Hill*, Alexandra Azzari Wynn-Jones, Kimberley J Botting, Emma H Cassinelli, Michael P Daly, Caitlin Victoria Gardiner, Stephanie J Hanley, Nicola Heslehurst, Regine Steegers-Theunissen, Sarah Verbiest, Helen Skouteris*

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Abstract

Weight stigma is a well-recognised public health issue affecting many members of society including women during the preconception period. The impacts of preconception weight stigma on women are significant and may result in decreased access to and uptake of healthcare, and mental health concerns. The consequences of this weight stigma may translate to negative maternal outcomes and even intergenerational effects on the child. Eliminating weight stigma is therefore imperative. The aim of this paper is to report recommendations to reduce weight stigma for preconception women produced at a workshop with clinical and academic experts on preconception health and weight stigma at the 5th European Conference on Preconception Health and Care. The recommendations are related to two key areas: general societal recommendations prompting all people to acknowledge and adjust our attitudes towards larger-bodied people; and healthcare-specific recommendations imploring clinicians to upskill themselves to reduce weight stigma in practice. We therefore call for urgent approaches to address societal weight-stigmatising attitudes and norms related to both the general population and preconception women, while providing professional development opportunities for healthcare professionals relating to weight stigma. Eliminating weight stigma for preconception women may have positive impacts on the outcomes for mothers and children during pregnancy and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7034
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume20
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 08 Nov 2023

Keywords

  • Obesity
  • Recommendations
  • Preconception
  • Healthcare
  • Weight Stigma
  • Humans
  • Preconception Care
  • Mothers
  • Pregnancy
  • Child
  • Female
  • Weight Prejudice

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