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PhD Psychology (candidate), University of Birmingham, UK , 2018

MSc Weight Management, University of Chester, UK, 2012

PG Dip Science Communication, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, 2005

BSc Adv Hons Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, 2002


Peer-Reviewed Journals

Meadows A, Bombak AE. Yes, we can (No, you can’t): Weight stigma, self-efficacy, and the development of active-fat identity. Under review.

Bombak AE, Meadows A. Dismantling silos in weight bias research. Under review.

Calogero RM, Tylka TL, Mensinger JL, Meadows A, Daníelsdóttir S. Recognizing fat as a fundamental right: A weight-inclusive approach to size acceptance and healing from sizeism. Women & Therapy. In press.

Meadows A, Nolan LJ, Higgs S. Self-perceived food addiction: prevalence, predictors, and prognosis. Appetite, 114, 282–298.

Meadows A, Higgs S, Burke SE, Dovidio JF, Puhl RM, van Ryn M, Phelan SM. Social dominance orientation, dispositional empathy, and need for cognitive closure moderate the impact of empathy-skills training, but not patient contact, on medical students’ negative attitudes toward higher-weight patients. Frontiers in Psychology. [open access]

Mensinger J, Meadows A (2017). Internalized weight stigma mediates and moderates physical activity outcomes during a healthy living program for women with high body mass index. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 30: 64-72.

Meadows A, Daníelsdóttir S, Calogero R, O’Reilly C (2017). Why fat suits do not advance the scientific study of weight stigma. Obesity, 25: 275.

Meadows A, Daníelsdóttir S (2016). What’s in a word? On weight stigma and terminology. Frontiers in Psychology [open access]

Meadows A, Higgs S (2014). Impact of experienced and internalised weight stigma on eating behaviour and psychological outcomes. Appetite, 83(1): 345.

Meadows A, Higgs S (2013). I think, therefore I am? Characteristics of a non-clinical population of self-perceived food addicts. Appetite, 71(1): 482.

Book Chapters

Meadows A. (2017) Studies on weight stigma and body image in higher-weight individuals. In Body Image, Eating, and Weight, M Cuzzolaro, S Fassino (eds). In press.

Meadows A. (2014) Fat and fit: possible, probable, protective? In R Chastain (ed) The politics of size: perspectives from the Fat-Acceptance Movement. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-Clio.


Contributor,  Exercise & Physical Fitness: Understanding Science and Society, Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Publications Group. In production.


Oral Presentations

(first author only)

April 2016: ‘Preaching to the converted: Can we really teach empathy?’ 4th International Weight Stigma Conference, Vancouver, Canada. Link

September 2015: ‘Anti-fat attitudes: when do we internalise them and when do we fight back? A model of individual response to societal weight stigma among fat individuals’, 3rd International Weight Stigma Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland. Link

November 2014: Sticks and stones: The association between weight discrimination and physical and mental wellbeing, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA

June 2013: ‘I think therefore I am? Characteristics of a non-clinical population of self-perceived food addicts’, 4th Conference of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, Chicago, USA

Invited Talks

September 2015: Invited speaker, ‘Of course weight stigma is bad. But, Obesity! Critical weight science for health care professionals and policy advisors’, 3rd International Weight Stigma Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland. Link

May 2013: Invited speaker, ‘Health At Every Size®: why and why not’, EU-funded HAES® workshop, Berlin, Germany

November 2012: Invited speaker, ‘Why your back fat and bingo wings aren’t going to kill you anytime soon – debunking the obesity science dogma’, HAES UK Conference, SOAS, London, UK

September 2012: Invited speaker, ‘OMGDeathFat!!! Or not. Debunking obesity ‘science’ and what everyone knows about weight and health’, HAES® Master Class, Web-based conference

May 2012: Invited speaker, ‘Dieting doesn’t work, now what? Ethics in the new public health’, Institute of Health and Community, University of Plymouth, UK


(first author only)

January 2016: Decrements in psychological wellbeing in response to societal weight stigma are offset by group identification and stigma resistance, but only when group permeability beliefs are low, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, USA

June 2014: ‘Sticks and stones: The association between weight discrimination and mental and physical well-being’, 2nd International Weight Stigma Conference, Canterbury, UK

April 2013: ‘I think therefore I am? Characteristics of a non-clinical population of self-perceived food addicts’, British Feeding and Drinking Group Conference, Loughborough, UK



Visiting lecturer, MSc Obesity & Weight Management course module:: Behaviour modification in weight management, Lecture title: Weight stigma among health care professionals, University of Chester, 2014

Visiting lecturer, BSc Nutrition & Health course module: Therapeutic approaches to nutrition, Lecture title: ‘The role of the professional relationship’, Edge Hill University, 2014

Tutoring & Graduate Teaching Assistant Experience

Workshop: “Not too long, not too short, but just write: Structure, style, and persuasion – a writing master class for students” 5th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2017

Workshop:  “Weight Science 101” 5th International Critical Dietetics Conference preconference, Manchester, UK, 14 August 2015. This was a half-day workshop that provide an overview of the science, but also hands-on training in how to locate, read, and critique scientific papers.

Writing mentorship programme, Academic Skills Centre, University of Birmingham, 2015

Graduate teaching assistant, Social Psychology, University of Birmingham, 2015

Graduate teaching assistant, Research Methods (2nd year psychology undergraduate statistics), University of Birmingham, 2013–2014

Writing skills for masters’ students (self-devised programme), Department of Public Health, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics, University of Birmingham, 2010–2012

Tutor, Epidemiology, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, 2011–2012

Writing & Editorial


Editorial Board, Fat Studies, Health Psychology Research

Ad hoc reviewer: Frontiers in Psychology; Journal of Behavioral Medicine; International Journal of Behavioral Medicine; Social Cognition; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics; Body Image; Fat Studies; Obesity; Eating & Weight Disorders; Health Psychology Research; BioMed Research International; PeerJ

Previous experience

Systematic Reviewer, Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Birmingham, 2010–2012

Medical writer, Prime Medica, Knutsford, 2007–2008

Editor, Remedica Publishing, London, 2005

Public Engagement

I write on obesity science for a general audience and am a regular contributor to a number of print magazines and blogs. I have been interviewed on the subject of weight stigma by several newspapers, including the Guardian and the Evening Standard, and appeared in the BBC2 documentary ‘The Men Who Made Us Thin’. I also use social media to disseminate news and opinion regarding weight science, body image, and weight stigma issues and have written for Huffington Post UK and The Conversation. I have nearly 2000 followers on Facebook and over 1000 on Twitter. I write a regular newsletter, with more than 500 subscribers, in which I provide information and explanation of the most recent scientific literature pertaining to obesity and health.


2018: Developing an experimental protocol for assessing psychological and physiological responses to weight stigma. Abu Dhabi University Faculty Research Incentive Grant. Role: Co-investigator. Award value: £4000 (AED 20,000).

2015: Universitas 21 Fellowship. Award value £1500.

2014: University of Birmingham Richard Fenwick Scholarship. Award covers fees and maintenance stipend. Short-listed.

2013: University of Birmingham Doctoral Researcher Development Grant. Award value £1500.

Honours & Awards

Runner up, Graduate Poster Conference, College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, 2014

Winner, Birmingham Brief Competition, University of Birmingham, UK, 2013

University Medal, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, 2002

Biology Prize, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, 2001

Alumni Campus Chapter Honours Award (Biology), University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, 2001

Dean’s Merit List, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, 1999–2001

Professional Affiliations

Society for Personality & Social Psychology, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, European Health Psychology Society, Social Personality & Health Network, International Society for Physical Activity and Health, Association for Size Diversity and Health