6th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

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Weight Stigma Conference 2018 theme

Public health policy and campaigns have the potential to promote health and wellbeing for all. However, in recent years, some policies and campaigns have been criticised as misguided, conflating health with body size, inappropriately singling out higher-weight people, or using blatantly stigmatising imagery.

The 2018 Weight Stigma Conference theme is dedicated to this highly important topic. The goal of the conference will be to provide an opportunity for critical discussion about current practices and to seek strategies that will ultimately improve the development of equitable public health policies and campaigns.


Abstract Submission 2018

IMPORTANT: Please read the Abstract Submission Guidelines before preparing your abstract

This year’s theme focuses on public health policy and campaigns, including framing, targeting, and content. We are accepting abstracts for sessions, oral presentations and posters on subjects related to weight stigma including, but not limited to:

  • Weight stigma in public health
  • Weight stigma in society
  • Weight stigma in medical settings
  • Weight stigma in research, science, and academia
  • Weight stigma in the media
  • Weight stigma across social identities
  • Weight stigma and social justice
  • Public policy implications
  • Policies, interventions, and campaigns to reduce weight stigma
  • Internalised weight stigma
  • Impact of weight stigma on health and wellbeing

We are particularly interested in presentations related to this year’s theme. Presentations on new and emerging research in other areas pertaining to anti-fat bias are also welcome. Students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

There are prizes for the best oral presentation and best poster.


Conference sessions

Deadline: 3 March 2018

Conference session formats include brief symposia, workshops, or other format that may be of interest to delegates, including debates, educational sessions, media, performance, etc. In general, all sessions should last 60 minutes. If your idea involves a single speaker or shorter presentation, please let us know how much time you think you will need – we may bundle related submissions together into a 1-hour session.

A brief symposium is a series of linked talks that aim to give a broad scientific overview of a topic and time for discussion. For symposia abstracts, please include details of your topic and suggested speakers in the abstract submission form. Workshops should involve some kind of training or professional development. For workshop suggestions, please outline the topic, format, speaker(s), and learning objectives.

For other formats, please just tell us about your ideas and what you would like to do – this doesn’t have to be in a formal abstract style.

Oral presentations and posters

Oral presentation deadline: 3 March 2018*

Poster deadline: 30 March 2018 (poster decisions will be made on a weekly rolling basis)    

Oral presentations will last for 10 minutes, including time for questions. If you wish to give a longer presentation, please submit into the Other Formats category.

*Oral presentation slots are limited. When submitting an abstract for an oral presentation, please indicate whether you would be happy to present as a poster if your application for an oral slot is unsuccessful. This will not influence your chances of being awarded an oral presentation slot. Additionally, to assist with advanced planning and funding applications, if you submit an oral/poster abstract, you will be notified if you have been accepted for at least a poster presentation within one week of submission. Your abstract will still be submitted into the review pool for oral presentations, with final decisions after the oral deadline.


Please submit your abstracts using the form below.

IMPORTANT: Please read the Abstract Submission Guidelines before preparing your abstract

Note, the submission system is not automated. Please allow up to 24 hours for email confirmation. If you have not heard by then, please let us know.