I spent a really lovely afternoon with the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland yesterday. They invited me to present a seminar on Delivering Dignified Care for Plus Sized Patients.

They have a newly formed special interest group – LOOAG (Living with overweight or obesity advisory group) to gather all of their expertise on this subject as a resource for the whole association.

We set a very ambitious agenda, aiming to give an insight into how it feels to be living life at size. I’ve copied the schedule below.

Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome and for asking such interesting and challenging questions. I’m really looking forward to seeing how LOOAG develops in future – and would love to assist if I can.

Delivering Dignified Care for Plus Sized Patients.


  • Introduction and personal history
  • Communication – Finding the right words for difficult conversations
  • Moving and Handling, patterns of movement, exercise
  • Societal Barriers to participation (built environment)
  • Stigma and Bias
  • Challenges / barriers when accessing services / health care
  • Understanding the impact of overweight on occupational performance
  • Roles for the OT
  • Questions, trouble shooting and problem solving.