Using the phrase “pig out” is no longer acceptable as obese people feel like animals under new guidelines.
Talk of a “war on obesity” makes overweight people feel like the enemy, and they should be called “overweight individuals,” according to the British Dietetic Association (BDA).
In the latest effort to tackle “stigmatizing” language, dietitians have focused on “dehumanizing” words for overeating.
They caution against using phrases such as “pig out,” “eating like a horse,” or “wolfing down dinner,” which, they claim, can make people feel like animals.
Dr. Adrian Brown, of the Center of Obesity Research at University College London, who helped draft the guidelines, has even expressed concerns about terms such as ‘chubby’ and ‘morbidly obese’.
According to new guidelines from the British Dietetic Association (stock image), using the phrase “pig out” is no longer acceptable because obese people feel like animals.
Critics today denounced the ‘ridiculous’ guidelines issued to all BDA members.
Tam Fry, president of the National Obesity Forum, said: ‘In establishing “balanced guidelines” for their internal communications, the authors have taken medical correctness to a somewhat ridiculous level.
HOW FAT ARE BRITISH CHILDREN?
British children are fatter than ever – official data revealed last October that one in 25 10-11 year olds is severely obese, the fattest possible category.
And of the approximately 556,000 children in the UK who leave primary school, 170,000 are overweight to some degree, figures from May last year showed.
More than one in five 11-year-olds is obese – the equivalent of about 111,000 children – and because they are so fat, they are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer or stroke.
The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health says children should be weighed every year at school because there is ‘danger on the horizon’ and the UK is lagging behind the rest of the EU in tackling obesity.
Experts have also warned that children are gaining “drastic weight” when they are at school.
Sugar in food is known to contribute to waistline swelling in children, with huge amounts of popular foods loaded with sugar.
A sugar tax has lessened the effects of some soft drinks, but breakfast cereals can still contain more than 70 percent of an entire day’s sugar in one bowl.
Even a single can of Coca-Cola (35g of sugar) or a Mars bar (33g) contains more than the maximum amount of sugar a child should have in an entire day.
“As health professionals, dietitians should never use language that someone might consider offensive, but to state that an obese person is a “higher weight individual” is disgraceful.
“Overweight and obesity are clear and universally recognized medical terms and should be used.”
The guidelines, published late last year, warn that people who are embarrassed about their weight may prevent them from seeking medical help.
They recommend using language such as “health-enhancing behaviors” and “supporting overweight or obese people,” while vetoing “fighting obesity” or the “obesity crisis” — despite figures showing that nearly two-thirds of people in the UK overweight or obese, which increases the risk of health problems including type 2 diabetes.
They also suggest that the term “overweight individual” may be appropriate in some cases and stipulate that images of obese people should not depict them as lazy, unhappy or eating very poorly, but show them as human beings engaged in with everyday life. activities.
Dr. Brown, chair of the BDA’s specialist obesity group, said: ‘There are so many expressions around food and obesity that are dehumanizing, whether it’s ‘bragging’ or ‘stuffing your face’.
“People who live with obesity are made voracious, which is discriminatory.
Obesity is a long-term, progressive, recurrent disease with genetic, biological and social causes.
“We need to stop blaming people for their weight in a society where there is very accessible, cheap, high-calorie food that our brains are drawn to.”
He added: ‘People with obesity need to be protected from discrimination, but we see it everywhere, especially on television, from the character of Monica in Friends who was the butt of jokes when she was obese, to Daddy Pig in Peppa. Pig, who Peppa often points to his belly and makes comments about his weight.’
Dr. Duane Mellor, a member of the BDA from Aston University, said: ‘Living at a higher body weight is too often judged by others and seen as less good or less able, which is just wrong.
“We focus on weight and appearance, not health and function.
In the latest effort to tackle “stigmatizing” language, dietitians have focused on “dehumanizing” words for overeating (stock image)
‘So words like ‘pig out’ have the effect of making the person less human and more animal.
“In the same way, expressions such as war on obesity have the effect of seeming to pit society against groups that happen to live in a larger body not by choice, but by a combination of genetics, environment and situation.”
Lee Monks, from the Plain English Campaign, said: ‘Fat-shaming is a real problem, but the idea that we’re avoiding factual, scientific terms to avoid reality – for whatever reason – seems unnecessary.
“There is no cruelty in stating facts if done in a neutral way.
Obesity is not a pejorative term, but a term that describes a medical condition. “Individuals with a higher weight” seems complicated and picky.
Pig out is an easy-to-understand term for overeating.
“Again, context and tone are key, but offense generally seems far-fetched in this case.”
OBESITY: ADULTS WITH BMI OVER 30 ARE CONSIDERED Obese
Obesity is defined as an adult with a BMI of 30 or higher.
The BMI of a healthy person – calculated by dividing the weight in kilograms by the height in metres, and the answer by the height again – is between 18.5 and 24.9.
In children, obesity is defined as being in the 95th percentile.
Percentiles compare young people to others of the same age.
For example, if a three-month-old baby is in the 40th percentile for weight, that means that 40 percent of three-month-old babies weigh the same or less than that baby.
About 58 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men in the UK are overweight or obese.
The condition costs the NHS around £6.1bn each year, out of its estimated £124.7bn budget.
This is because obesity increases a person’s risk of a number of life-threatening conditions.
Such conditions include type 2 diabetes, which can cause kidney disease, blindness, and even limb amputations.
Research shows that at least one in six hospital beds in the UK is occupied by a diabetic patient.
Obesity also increases the risk of heart disease, which kills 315,000 people each year in the UK, making it the number one cause of death.
Carrying dangerous amounts of weight has also been linked to 12 different cancers.
This also applies to the breast, which affects one in eight women at some point in their lives.
Research shows that 70 percent of childhood obese children have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol, which puts them at risk for heart disease.
Obese children are also significantly more likely to become obese adults.
And if children are overweight, their obesity in adulthood is often more severe.
As many as one in five children start out overweight or obese in the UK, rising to one in three by the time they turn 10.