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Letters Dieting and body shaming

Dieting and body shaming: political correctness has trumped common sense

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 01 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1902
  1. Anthony N Williams, consultant occupational physician
  1. PO Box 389, Temple Ewell CT16 9BF, UK
  1. tonywilliams{at}

I’m not sure what point Kar is trying to make about body shaming.1 He expects us to provide information to patients with obesity—that requires a conversation about their weight. This must start with a judgment that it would be better for them if they lost weight. Some patients will choose to regard this as “shaming.” But he then implies …

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