Childhood Obesity

Weight Stigma 101 with Rebecca Pearl

E73: Weight Stigma 101 with Rebecca Pearl

February 2020

People who experience weight discrimination are more likely to gain more weight over time than people with obesity who don't describe these kinds of experiences. Weight bias, stigma and discrimination have received more and more attention among researchers, but also in the public. Think, for example, of the term "fat shaming." Among the researchers doing path-breaking work in this area is Dr. Rebecca Pearl at the Perlman School of Medicine. Her research focuses on weight bias and its associated outcomes in patients with obesity. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E73: Weight Stigma 101 with Rebecca Pearl »


Rebecca Puhl

E41: Combatting Weight Bias

June 2019

In an earlier podcast with Dr. Rebecca Puhl, she described the nature extent and impact of weight bias on the lives of individuals was described and clear and very moving ways. Dr. Puhl, professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut, and deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, is a leading researcher and an agent for change on this important topic. She's kindly agreed to speak with us on this podcast on what might be done to prevent weight stigma when it does occur and how to reduce its impact. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E41: Combatting Weight Bias »


Rebecca Puhl

E40: Cruel Impact of Weight Stigma

June 2019

Think back to your time in school and try to remember how the overweight children were treated. It is possible that you were the subject of such treatment, but if not, imagine how this would feel and whether such experiences could have an indelible impact. What are the consequences of such treatment then and later in life? When people think of stigma, bias, discrimination factors such as gender, race, and age come to mind for most people, but not necessarily weight. And weight bias is a very important topic and has been the subject of an impressive body of research. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E40: Cruel Impact of Weight Stigma »


Bill Dietz

E31: Bill Dietz on Childhood Obesity

April 2019

Imagine yourself as an overweight child, vulnerable to social ridicule, and medical issues that could last a lifetime. How would you feel in school on the playground or anywhere that others gather? What or who is to blame for this excess weight? What is the future likely to be for such individuals and what might be done to help? A leading voice in tackling these issues is Dr. William Dietz. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E31: Bill Dietz on Childhood Obesity »


Marion Hetherington

E3: Marion Hetherington on Kids, Vegetables and Appetite

January 2019

Ever wonder why some kids like certain vegetables and some don't? Or why some people are super focused on food and others forget to eat? Explore these ideas with biopsychologist Marion Hetherington on the Leading Voices in Food podcast. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E3: Marion Hetherington on Kids, Vegetables and Appetite »


Andrew Prentice

E2: Andrew Prentice on the Genetic Legacy of our Nutrition

January 2019

You have likely heard the saying “You are what you eat.” But what if I told you that how well your parents were eating in the days and months before you were conceived may actually help to determine how your body works—at the cellular level—for your entire life? As it turns out, you were optimized to survive in your parents’ nutritional environment. The Leading Voices in Food podcast series, produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University, interviews Dr Andrew Prentice, professor of international nutrition that the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prentice is a distinguished scholar on the effects of diet on human health and disease and as a world leader in global health research, he has made major contributions in many areas, two of which are the regulation of Human Energy Balance and obesity and the effects of malnutrition on maternal and child health and poor populations. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E2: Andrew Prentice on the Genetic Legacy of our Nutrition »