Weight Stigma, Bias & Discrimination

This collection explains the mental and physical impact of weight stigma, bias and discrimination.

Videos

Impact of Weight Stigma

Weight Stigma Explainer WFPC 2020

People with larger body sizes face stigma, bias and discrimination every day. There are severe mental and physical health impacts to this kind of treatment. This video explains how weight discrimination affects people, and suggests ways to better support individuals with larger body size.

 

Podcasts

Weight Stigma 101 with Rebecca Pearl

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.

 

Weight Bullying Backfires and Causes Harm

Dr. Janet Tomiyama explain how and why bullying people about their weight backfires on The Leading Voices in Food.

 

The Leading Voices in Food Louise Metz on Weight Inclusive Medical Care

Weight stigma, bias and discrimination can have very profound impacts on individuals. Medical settings are a place where there are real opportunities to make change and today's guest, Dr. Louise Metz is a change maker. She is passionate about providing weight-inclusive medical care, and committed to helping to change the paradigm surrounding the way we address weight and health.

 

Combatting Weight Bias

In an earlier podcast with Dr. Rebecca Puhl described the nature, extent, and impact of weight bias on the lives of individuals was described in clear and moving ways. Dr. Puhl, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut and the Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, is a leading researcher and agent for change on this important topic. She has kindly agreed to speak with us on this podcast about what might be done to prevent weight stigma and when it does occur, reduce its impact.

 

The Cruel Impact of Weight Stigma

Think back to your time in school and try to remember how the overweight children were treated. It is possible 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, 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, weight bias is an important topic and has been the subject of an impressive body of research.