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Videos Exposing Weight Bias

To increase public awareness about weight bias, the Rudd Center has released three videos demonstrating myths and facts about weight prejudice, and the nature and extent of weight bias at home and in school, and at the doctor's office. Two of the videos are hosted by former supermodel and activist Emme and feature Rudd Center experts including Rebecca Puhl, PhD, Deputy Director. Each video uses both expert commentary and dramatic representation to address weight bias in American society, and offer concrete strategies to help combat this significant societal problem.

Research published in Obesity Facts and Family Medicine demonstrates the effectiveness of the health care video in reducing negative attitudes and weight bias among trainees in health-related disciplines. Specifically, researchers tested the freely available video as an educational intervention to reduce bias toward patients with obesity. Researchers found that viewing the video and engag­ing in a discussion increased beliefs that obesity is caused by multiple factors (and not simply under personal control), and decreased nega­tive stereotypes about patients with obesity.

This research evidence suggests that using this video as an educational intervention may be effective in reducing stigmatizing attitudes among students and future healthcare professionals. The authors assert that incorporating this intervention into primary care training may be an ideal way to ensure that all students receive this training.

E-mail the Rudd Center to receive free DVDs of the videos and specify which DVD(s) you would like to receive. View the videos below or on YouTube.

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Weight Prejudice: Myths & Facts Video Discussion Guide

Weight Bias at Home and School Video Discussion Guide

Weight Bias in Health Care Video Discussion Guide