Weight Stigma is pervasive in society and has implications for healthcare, education, employment and everyday quality of life. Despite rising levels of anti-fat prejudice in all areas of daily life, discrimination on the basis of weight is generally not covered by anti-discrimination legislation. Moreover, intersectionality has emerged as a critical lens for recognising the overlap of various forms of exclusion and discrimination. Although still often treated as mutually exclusive, the intersections of race, gender, class, sexual identity, age, ability, religion, and nationality represent complex identities that must be factored into how we approach weight stigma. The more we can do to understand weight stigma, the more we can undo in terms of the negative consequences that result from it.

The Weight Stigma Conference brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines (e.g., psychology, medicine, public health, allied health professions, education, sports and exercise science, social sciences, media studies, business, public policy, law) to consider research, policy, rhetoric, and practice around the issue of weight stigma.

This year’s theme is: Stigma across the weight spectrum – insights and intersections.

We are accepting abstracts for posters and/or 10 minute oral presentations on subjects related to weight stigma, including, but not limited to:

  • Weight stigma across the weight spectrum
  • Weight stigma across social identities
  • Causes of weight stigma
  • In health professionals
  • Impact of weight stigma on health and wellbeing
  • Stigma in society
  • Public policy implications
  • Legislation addressing weight-based discrimination
  • Interventions to reduce weight stigma

Presentations on new and emerging research in other areas pertaining to anti-fat bias are also welcome. Students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Abstract submission for the 2014 Weight Stigma Conference has now closed.


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Can’t attend this year but want to support us? 

You can now make a donation on our event registration page. All donations will go to providing student travel bursaries for unfunded students chosen to present at the event. Thank you so much.

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Rachel Calogero
School of Psychology
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NP
United Kingdom

Angela Meadows
School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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