Weight Bias & Stigma
Despite increased attention to the obesity epidemic, little has been done to stop the bias and discrimination that obese children and adults face every day. The social consequences of obesity include discrimination in employment, barriers in education, biased attitudes from health care professionals, stereotypes in the media, and stigma in interpersonal relationships. All these factors reduce quality of life for vast numbers of overweight and obese people and have both immediate and long-term consequences for their emotional and physical health.
The Rudd Center aims to stop the stigma through research, education, and advocacy. We’re working to draw attention to weight bias and develop strategies to address the issue with various groups, including young people, families, teachers, employers, and health care professionals.
- Rudd Center Media Gallery - Videos and Images
- Guidelines for the Portrayal of Overweight and Obese Persons in the Media
Blog on Medscape
Continuing Medical Education
Rudd Policy Brief
Presentations by Rebecca Puhl
- 2013 Weight Stigma in News Media and Public Health Efforts to Address Obesity
- 2013 Harlem Children's Zone
- 2012 The Obesity Society Annual Meeting
- 2012 American Psychological Association Annual Convention
- 2012 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) Annual Conference
- 2012 Weight of the Nation Conference
- 2012 National Binge Eating Disorder Association Conference