The Crippling Weight of Stigma: A Closer Look at a 2012 “Anti-Obesity” Campaign

It’s a special case study in how public health authorities do harm.

Marquisele Mercedes
7 min readMar 1, 2021

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Source: NYC Department of Health

In January 2012, the New York City Health Department promoted a controversial “anti-obesity” campaign that was meant to bring attention to the dangers of “super-sized” portions commonly found in fast food restaurants…

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