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Resource: Weight Stigma, Bias & Discrimination

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.

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