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American Medical Association Cancels ‘Morbid Obesity,’ ‘Inmates,’ ‘Homeless’


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The American Medical Association has decided you can no longer use common terms such as “morbid obesity” or adjectives like “vulnerable,” “marginalized” or “high-risk.”

The title of the AMA’s new guidance is “Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concept.” Download the PDF here.

The AMA has issued a long list of “dehumanizing language” that you should avoid and use “person-first” language instead.

Rather than describing people as Covid-19 “cases,” you should use “persons with Covid-19.”

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Women like pop singer Lizzo are still considered obese but they are no longer “morbid.”
 
READ ALSO: Study: Obese People are more at risk of dying from Covid-19
 
Morbid obesity is an actual medical condition that means being more than 100 pounds over the ideal body weight. It also means a body mass index (BMI) over 35. MO negatively affects a woman’s health.

However, the AMA says “morbid obesity” is offensive to women who are obese. The new terminology is “People with obesity.”

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“The Homeless” should be referred to as “People who are experiencing homelessness.”

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Instead of calling prisoners “Inmates,” The AMA suggests you use “Person with mobility disability.”

Check out more banned words and their appropriate substitutes below:

  • Disabled Person – People who are experiencing (condition)
  • Blind – People with vision impairments
  • Minorities or minority – (People from) racial and ethnic groups
  • black – Lower case black denotes a color, not a person
  • Caucasian – white
  • Illegal immigrant – Undocumented immigrant
  • Slave – enslaved person
  • Low-income people – Underpaid people

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