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Reykjavik adds ‘weight’ as a protected category to equality regulations

The City of Reykjavik has just added body size to the list of characteristics that must be used as a means of overt or unintentional discrimination in its Human Rights Policy. This fantastic news comes as a result of the

Posted in weight stigma

Radio silence (and lots of thank yous)

It’s been a while since I posted here. I’m delighted to say that I have now submitted my PhD thesis and passed my viva (oral defence) with minor revisions to complete. I’m hoping to start blogging again more regularly, but

Posted in PhD study

Lost for words: Esquire publishes horrific hate fest column – and what you can do about it

As a stigma researcher and advocate I sometimes think I’ve seen it all. apparently not. Esquire have published a column by Giles Coren called “I Don’t Care What My Son Becomes… As Long As He Isn’t Overweight.” That sounds bad,

Posted in children, media, weight stigma

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

Posted in research, weight stigma
My other blogs

On Huffington Post UK

On The Conversation

Never Diet Again UK (This one is aimed more at the lay public; may contain ranting and occasional language!) Similarly, my blog posts for the sadly, now-defunct, Fierce Freethinking Fatties: archive here

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