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New study: Assumptions, stigmatising language, and sub-standard practice from student doctors

Title: Influence of weight etiology information and trainee characteristics on physician-trainees’ clinical and interpersonal communication Authors: Cohen, Persky Source: Patient Education and Counseling, 2019, 102: 1644–1649. Link to paper Super-quick summary: Student doctors read an article about behavioural or genetic

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4th December 2018, seminar at University of Exeter, UK: Weight stigma – Is the ‘war on obesity’ making us sick?

Is the War on Obesity making us sick? An alternative perspective on fat and health When: Tuesday, 4th December, 2-3.30pm (refreshments from 1.30) Where: Washington Singer Building, Rm 219. Cost: Free, but please register via link below. Details: Could it

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“Gosh, You’re a Big Fella,” and Other Manifestations of My Privilege

A wonderful blog post on weight stigma from a male perspective. On microaggressions, intersectionality, and privilege. Reblogged from the ASDAH blog For more information and resources from ASDAH (Association for Size Diversity and Health), visit Click here to read

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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

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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

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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
My other blogs

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On The Conversation

Never Diet Again UK (Temporarily off-line) 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

Weight Stigma Conference