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

As a stigma research 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

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

Why do heavier children do worse at school? It’s not about ability

This article was originally published on The Conversation. The comments under the article are also worth a read. Read the original article. Negative stereotypes towards heavier individuals starts to affect long-term life opportunities from a young age. A number of

Posted in children, research, weight stigma

New study: Kids learning to dislike fat bodies by 2 and a half?

Title: Toddlers’ bias to look at average versus obese figures relates to maternal anti-fat prejudice Authors: Ruffman, O’Brien, Taumoepeau, Latner, Hunter Source: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (2016) Vol 142, pp 195–202. Link to article Super-quick summary: Toddlers below the age of three

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