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Why I comment on every little “joke”

I recently read an interesting enough piece on The Conversation about why taller humans tend to die earlier. One of the threads the author pursued was that of caloric restriction. There is some evidence from animal studies and from populations

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New study: Internalised weight stigma linked to metabolic syndrome

Title: Association between weight bias internalization and metabolic syndrome among treatment-seeking individuals with obesity Authors: Pearl, Wadden, Hopkins, Shaw, Hayes, Bakizada, Alfaris, Chao, Pinkasavage, Berkowitz, Alamuddin Source: Obesity (2017) Vol 25, pp 317–322. Link to article Super-quick summary: High-weight individuals who internalise weight stigma

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New study: Weight control failure and suicidal ideation

Title: Association between weight control failure and suicidal ideation in overweight and obese adults: a cross-sectional study Authors: Ju, Han, Lee, Kim, Park, and Park Source: BMC Public Health. Epub 23 Nov 2015. Link to free full text Super-quick summary: A cross-sectional study

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Sticks and stones: why terminology among anti-stigma advocates can be fraught

One of the difficulties of working at the interface of the Social Justice Movement and Everyone Else is the use of language. A little over a week ago, an anti-stigma advocate who is situated within the medical paradigm wrote a blog

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Not just about biscuits: fat shaming costs young boy his life

In the news today is a shocking story of a fight that broke out between two 16-year-old schoolboys in a school lunchroom. One of the boys ended up dead after being stabbed in the heart. Most of the news coverage

Posted in children, in the news, weight stigma

the HAES® files: This is For the Fat Ambassadors, their Allies, and a Call Out to their Detractors (Well-Intentioned and Not)

Originally posted on Health At Every Size® Blog:
by Linda Bacon, PhD, with Melissa A. Fabello, M.Ed. Sarai Walker emails me, disillusioned, feeling beaten down after months of being in the public eye as a fat ambassador. Sarai is author…

Posted in media, weight stigma

When researchers are part of the problem

I recently attended a big psychology conference and during a presentation on stigma and heath disparities, was saddened, but not surprised, to see yet another slide illustrated with an image of what Dr Charlotte Cooper calls the ‘headless fatty‘. These pictures

Posted in media, research, weight stigma
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