Weight Stigma

Weight stigma is the negative attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors directed towards individuals based on their weight. It encompasses a range of experiences, from subtle microaggressions to overt discrimination, and can have profound consequences for the physical, mental, and social well-being of those affected.

Understanding weight stigma is crucial for addressing its harmful effects on individuals and society as a whole. It is essential for creating a more supportive and inclusive environment for individuals of all sizes, promoting healthy behaviors through non-stigmatizing approaches, and conducting research that is sensitive to the complex relationship between weight and health. 

Critical Review Questions

1. Define weight stigma and discuss its various forms.

2. Describe the prevalence and impact of weight stigma.

3. Analyze the factors that contribute to weight stigma.

4. Evaluate the effectiveness of different approaches to addressing weight stigma.

5. Discuss the role of public health in addressing weight stigma.

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Image from: Westbury, S., Oyebode, O., Van Rens, T., & Barber, T. M. (2023). Obesity stigma: causes, consequences, and potential solutions. Current Obesity Reports, 12(1), 10-23. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-023-00495-3

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