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Peak Medical Body Not Happy Doctors Being Told Not To Say 'Obese'

The AMA doesn't agree.

Peak Medical Body Not Happy Doctors Being Told Not To Say 'Obese'

Australia's peak medical body doesn't agree with a new policy telling some doctors to describe patients as "well above a healthy weight" instead of "obese".

It's a directive from NSW Health designed to reduce stigma around, and be more sensitive to, overweight and obese Australians.

However the Australian Medical Association has warned against sugar-coating the issue.

"They sometimes need to have that conversation about understanding exactly the severity and the enormity of the problem they face," said Vice President Dr Tony Bartoni. "But also the ability that they can do something about it."

Dr Bartoni says while a respectful discussion is essential, policing specific medical terms means patients may not understand the seriousness of their condition.

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