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Rethinking How We Talk About Obesity

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If you feel like you might have tipped the scale a bit during this pandemic, you’re not alone. A recent study by the American Psychological Association says more than 61% of U.S. adults reported an undesired weight change in the pandemic.

According to the CDC, 42% of adults in the United States are obese and that number is still climbing. 

This hour, how can physicians have better conversations around obesity and help patients lose weight? Weight is a very sensitive subject, but it needs to be addressed. 

Weight loss can be a frustrating battle. If you are struggling with your weight, we want to hear from you.


  • Dr. Lynn Bufka - Senior Director of Practice Transformation and Quality at American Psychlogical Association
  • Dr. Varalakshmi Niranjan - Assistant Professor at University of Connecticut, and Primary Care Physician and Obesity Medicine Specialist with UConn Health 
  • Dr. Sherry Pagoto, PhD -  licensed clinical psychologist and a professor of the allied health sciences at the University of Connecticut


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