ICPO Irish Coalition for People Living with Obesity
Dr. Grace O’Malley and Bernadette Keenan
Childhood Obesity Interview
Understanding Childhood Obesity
Youths Living with Obesity
2023 has been a year of some
transitions for us in ICPO.
We started the year with our workshop which brought together our board, committee and members to learn more about policy, advocacy and Patient & Public Involvement.
It has been a transition for us stepping forward from the familiar space of peer support, which we have years of experience with, into the less familiar world of advocacy and having the team together in person is vital for us to work more effectively to plan ahead. For our World Obesity Day Campaign we tentatively created our very first podcast “Sticks and Stones may break my bones but names will also hurt me” We never would have imagined that at the end of the year we would win a European 2023 award from the European Coalition for People Living with Obesity for this podcast. This was for the “Best Public Engagement Programme and was a proud moment to have our volunteer work recognised and rewarded. What stands out for us is seeing new members contact us and say that they felt like they were hearing their own stories, and they did not feel so alone anymore.
Irish patient organisation wins top European obesity award
The Irish Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ICPO) has won a top European award for an initiative to raise awareness about obesity.
The award for the Best Public Engagement Programme in connection with World Obesity Day in Europe has been awarded to ICPO by the European Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ECPO).
ICPO (https://icpobesity.org) is an organisation of people living with obesity who provide or direct education and support and raise awareness for people living with overweight or obesity across Ireland.
World Obesity Day 2023
Listen to our podcast
Listen to our podcast here! “Words Matter for Obesity” Stick and Stones may break my bones, but names can also hurt me Catherine, Linda, Maura and Susie chat about how important it is we look at how words matter for people living with overweight or obesity. We thank ECPO for facilitating the making of this podcast.
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HSE Talking Health & Wellbeing Podcast
Susie Birney, the lead for the Irish Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ICPO) shares her personal experience of living with obesity, highlighting the difference between overweight and obesity. She also shares her personal experience of encountering weight bias within the healthcare system. Her experience reflects the damaging impact of internalized weight bias and how the language others use can reinforce this. Hosted by Eamon Keogh, we also discuss the importance of challenging stigma and misconceptions surrounding obesity. This includes the need for neutral and positive imagery in the media and the importance of healthcare professionals avoiding assumptions and biases when discussing obesity with patients.
Living With Obesity
We share information in the hope it will help, support and inspire people living with Obesity in Ireland. If you would like to volunteer, get in touch!
HOW TO PREPARE
Infographic Preparing for Medical Consultations
Information on How to Prepare for a Medical Consultation. Gather information about the HCP’s attitude; select your caregiver according to his/her reputation for respect towards people living with obesity if possible…
Living with Obesity
Infographic : Weight Stigma
Weight bias is defined as negative attitudes toward and beliefs about others because of their weight. Weight stigma refers to social stereotypes and misconceptions about people with obesity.
Stigma in Healthcare
Mental Health and Obesity
Stigma in Society
ICPO Image Bank
Not for commercial use
“The National Obesity Management Programme is delighted to see the launch of this image bank. We will only address the health of people living with obesity when we stop stigmatizing and judging the condition. A picture is a thousand words. I have done many positive interviews about obesity, the message of which has been completely overshadowed by the accompanying negative imagery. This initiative is a real step forward in shaping society to deal actively with obesity – which is now the commonest of the chronic diseases we face”
We host online zoom meetings every week. Anyone who lives in Ireland and is affected by overweight, or obesity is welcome. Details are shared in the support groups each week, meetings are usually one hour. Anyone interested must register their email once with us, and we will send the new link, for each meeting.