5th Annual Weight Stigma Conference


Bridging the divide:

Working together to combat weight stigma

Weight stigma can have profound effects on the mental and physical health of higher body weight individuals. However, tensions sometimes exist in the field: between health scientists and social scientists, and between researchers and fat rights activists. These tensions stand to impede our ability to mitigate pervasive weight bias. The 5th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference will bring together leading scholars and fat rights activists to discuss how we as diverse stakeholders can work together to eliminate weight bias at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and structural levels.

About the conference

The Weight Stigma Conference is an inter-disciplinary event that brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds (e.g., psychology, medicine, public health, sociology, 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.

Special Thanks

A special thank you to our Gold and Platinum sponsors. For a full list of sponsors, or to see how you can support the Weight Stigma Conference, click here.



Weight Stigma Conference Bursary Fund

The Weight Stigma Conference is a not-for-profit event. The conference is funded by registration fees and a small number of sponsors whose support has made this event possible. In order to make the conference more accessible, we try to offer a small number of full and partial bursaries to people who might otherwise not be able to attend, but there is never enough funding to give a bursary to everyone who needs one. In 2016, we tried crowdsourcing a conference Bursary Fund, and your generosity allowed us to provide seven bursaries to the 2016 WSC in Vancouver. We hope to repeat that success this year.

There are several ways that you can donate to the Bursary Fund. The simplest is to use the button below to pay via PayPal. If you are attending the conference, you can also make a donation during the registration process. We have also set up a GoFundMe page for the Bursary Fund. If you don’t have a preference, we would prefer you use the Donate button below as there are fewer fees and charges involved at our end, and more of your donations can go toward the bursaries. Alternatively, you can contact us to discuss other arrangements or to explore other sponsorship options. All funds raised via these methods are ring-fenced for bursaries and will not be used for anything else. Thank you again for your generosity in helping us make this possible.

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International Conference on Eating Disorders

The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is proud to partner with the Weight Stigma Conference for the 2017 International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED). ICED 2017 will be held on 8–10th June, 2017 at the Prague Conference Centre, in Prague, Czech Republic. Single-day registration is also available. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.aedweb.org/index.php/conference/iced-2017

Previous Conferences

Information about previous conferences, including conference brochure and abstract books, and speaker slides, is available here.

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Email us: stigmaconf@gmail.com