‘Gaining health’: RACGP calls for new language around obesity

The college says 'well-intentioned but insensitive' comments are harming patients
Geir O'Rourke

Correction: A previous version of this story suggested the RACGP’s position statement was a criticism of the “Grabbable guts” campaigns run by the National Heart Foundation of Australia. This was not true and no direct criticosm was made of that or any other particular campaign. Australian Doctor apologies for the error. Dr Liz Sturgiss was speaking in a private capacity and not on behalf of the RACGP.

Discussions around obesity should focus on “gaining health” rather than shedding fat to avoid implying the issue is just about weight, the RACGP says.