Voices of Youth in Obesity
To date, there has been relatively limited research, discussion and policy focus on adolescent obesity, yet one in seven 15 years olds in Europe has overweight, or has obesity. Young adults with obesity are continuously stigmatised, and ‘blamed’ for their weight. A prime example of the weight bias and stigma is prevalent in the images used by the media. Currently teenagers with obesity are not receiving the support, guidance, treatment and care that has been indicated in ACTION Teens study 2022, Lund University study 2021, International project called ‘Confronting obesity: Co-creating policy with youth’ (COCREATE) 2021. This Campaign will a focus on the real lived experiences of teenagers across Europe who are living with, or affected by overweight or obesity. We have been engaging with young adults from Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Ireland who have come together to discuss how THEY feel, and their experiences with obesity.