Doctors urged not to use the word 'obese' with patients

Doctors are being advised by a state health department not to use the words "obese" or "obesity" or "skinny" when discussing weight status with patients.

The guidelines — dubbed “crazy” by AMA president Dr Michael Gannon — were issued last month by NSW Health in a new, 35-page directive on ways to assess weight in children and adults.

It says doctors should avoid potentially offensive or stigmatising language, including the terms “malnourished”, “skinny”, “obese”, &ldquo

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