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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…

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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

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New studies: The waiting is (almost) the worst part

Much has been learned in recent years about the negative physical and psychological effects of experiencing weight stigma. Tomiyama and colleagues have shown that experienced weight stigma is associated with increased cortisol (the stress hormone) and oxidative stress independent of abdominal

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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

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Researching stigma: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Conducting research into stigmatised groups means that you spend a lot of time thinking and reading about something that is inherently not very nice. It’s depressing and dispiriting. And if you’re a member of that stigmatised group, it’s depressing and

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the HAES® files: Malpractice with a Side of Victim Blaming

Today, blogging Sunday is reblogging Sunday. I’m feeling a bit under the weather so in the name of self-care, I’m sharing a fantastic post from the archives rather than penning my own. Writing on the ASDAH blog, Ragen Chastain addresses some

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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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New study: Internalised weight stigma predicts eating pathology

Title: Weight Bias Internalization, Emotion Dysregulation, and Non-Normative Eating Behaviors in Prebariatric Patients Authors: Baldofski, Rudolph, Tigges, Herbig, Jurowich, Kaiser, Dietrich, Hilbert Source: International Journal of Eating Disorders. Epub 23 Nov 2015. Link to article Super-quick summary: Higher internalised weight

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