On labels

Roger Collier in the Canadian Medical Association wrote an interesting article about the labeling of obesity called ‘Who you calling obese, Doc?

From the article:

‘Doctors are also aware that patients don’t like to be labelled as obese, even if the label is accurate. Dr. Arya Sharma, chair for cardiovascular obesity research and management at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, says he never refers to a patient as an obese individual, which implies they are defined by their condition. Instead, he will use phrases such as “person with obesity.” He also prefaces the word “obese” with “medically.”‘

Interesting considering my earlier post on cycling and the labeling of accidents and collisions. 

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