8th Annual Weight Stigma Conference


Slides available and save the date

A few of announcements today.

Thank yous

First, a huge shout out to everyone who made WSC 2019 such a fantastic success, from all the people behind the scenes to the presenters, the delegates, the sponsors, and everyone who made a donation to the bursary fund. We were able to provide 11 bursaries this year, making the conference accessible to more people who might otherwise have not been able to attend. And with great thanks to everyone who donated prizes to our raffle or bought a ticket, the WSC 2020 Bursary Fund is off to a great start with £470 (CAD 750) raised towards our £2500 goal. To make a donation and share the campaign on social media etc, visit https://www.gofundme.com/WSC2020. If you are a provider, writer, artist, etc and have something you’d like to offer as a prize for 2020, do get in touch.

Slides available

If you didn’t manage to make it to London Ontario for the event (or even if you did), the brochure/abstract book and many of the presentations are available for download on our website. Visit https://stigmaconference.com/london-2019/ to check them out. If you cite any of the work presented, do please use the DOIs provided.

Save the date: WSC 2020 will be in New Zealand

And last but not least, save the date for the 8th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference. We will be heading south for the winter (theirs) and holding WSC 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd and 23rd June. Start saving now! And if you are interested in fat studies, the Fat Studies Conference New Zealand will be held, also in Auckland, on the 18th and 19th June, so you get a twofer. Details of themes, submission dates and more information about the conference will be available later in the year and early next year. To make sure you don’t miss any important announcements, sign up to get automatic notifications by email about any new postings – use the box in the top right hand corner of the homepage.


FYI. UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships


Note: UK and international applicants may apply. See person specification (PDF, 52KB) to assess eligibility.

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

This cross-UK Research and Innovation scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential based in UK universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user organisations. The support of the organisation will be a critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research and/or innovation independence.

The investment will provide four years (full time equivalent) of funding for early-career researchers and innovators, including support for part-time awards and career-breaks, providing flexibility to researchers to tackle ambitious and challenging research questions. The funding may be extended for a further three years at the four-year point but we regnonise that not all fellows will want to do this.

Deadline: Outline proposals – 4pm (UK), 8 October 2019

Deadline: Full applications – 4pm (UK), 7 November 2019

More info: UKRI web page.

FYI. Special issue of Int J Environ Res & Pub Health on stigma and health


The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is calling for submissions to a special issue on stigma and health. The journal has an IF of 2.468 and an H-index of 78. Deadline for ms submission is 30th June, 2020. More information: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/stigma

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The modern world has made health technologies and medications available that lead to cures for diseases and health enhancement. The life expectancy among populations in different locations of the world has significantly increased; however, psychosocial health remains an important problem in our communities.

One of the important issues in psychosocial health is stigma, which can be conceptualized as the co-occurrence of the following: (i) distinguishing differences and labeling; (ii) negatively stereotyping those who are labeled as different; (iii) separating labeled people from unlabeled people (e.g., using “us” vs. “them”); (iv) emotional reactions, such as anger and hatred, among both those who do the labelling and those who are labeled; (v) the labeled group experiencing status loss and discrimination, and; (vi) economic, social, political, and power that enables these processes to unfold. Stigma may manifest itself in various forms: public stigma, experienced stigma, perceived stigma, and self-stigma. As long as any type of stigma exists, it poses a great threat to the health and well-being of those who are stigmatized. The results will include loss of opportunities in various aspects of life such as the availability of treatment, employment, housing, education. All of these aspects are important components of quality of life. Unfortunately, the link between stigma and health is still not fully understood. Therefore, we need more evidence to help healthcare providers to better understand the issue among populations in different parts of the world.

In this Special Issue, we intend to address this knowledge gap and invite the submission of papers that explore and shed light on the relationship between stigma and any aspect of health. Reviews, observational studies, case vignettes, and randomized experimental trials are welcome. If you have an idea and do not know whether this falls into the scope of this Special Issue, you may contact either one of the Guest Editors: Dr. Chung-Ying Lin, or Prof. Hector Tsang.

Dr. Chung-Ying Lin
Prof. Dr. Hector Tsang
Guest Editors

Cancer Research UK fat shaming ‘anti-obesity’ campaign: Sign the petition

The latest ‘anti-obesity’ campaign from Cancer Research UK is even more stigmatising than their last one, an impressive feat. It is also scientifically unsound and makes totally unfounded claims. A group of scientists, healthcare professionals, and advocates penned an open letter to Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive of CRUK. You can read it here if you’re interested. There is also a petition to stop this insupportable advertising campaign, which has over 6000 signatories at the time of writing. You can also say why you are signing, including any personal stories – these will be passed on to CRUK. Access the petition here and please share widely.

Only 3 days to go!! Check out the Information for Delegates page for travel info, places to eat and things to do in London, Ontario.

Only a few tickets left for WSC 2019

Well, this has never happened before. We are almost sold out! There are no tickets remaining for Day 1 of the conference, but we still have four tickets available for Day 2. Check out the amazing line up for Day 2, but better make it quick! Click here to register now.

WSC 2019: Silent auction

Hard to believe that there are just 10 days to go until this year’s Weight Stigma Conference. We’ve had a number of generous donation of books, artwork, and services and we have decided to auction these off to raise money for next year’s Bursary Fund. So we thought we’d reach out to our wonderful followers to see if any of you have something you’d like to offer.

If you have something you would like to donate, please email us via stigmaconf@gmail.com by 20th June to be included in the brochure. We can accept donations up until the conference, but we won’t be able to acknowledge anything donated after the 20th in the conference brochure.

The auction will be open to non-delegates also – we will post details online on our website on 26th June and people will be able to bid remotely. More information coming soon.

WSC 2019 agenda now online (+ other conference news)

The programme for the 7th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference can now be viewed on the conference website.

REMINDER: If you are planning on staying at the conference hotel, reservations must be made by Sunday 26th May to get the group rate.

Our 2019 Weight Stigma Conference Bursary Fund has so-far funded seven full and one partial bursaries. Thank you to everyone who has donated through the registration page, the website, and the GoFundMe page. The bursary fund is entirely crowd funded and all donations help to make the WSC more accessible to a wider group of people. We now have a waiting list for this year’s conference. Please do consider making a small (or large) donation, either at Registration, or through our GoFundMe page.


Late-breaking poster abstracts will be accepted until 31st May, 2019.

If you are attending the conference, do check the Information for Delegates page regularly as we will be adding useful information between now and the conference, including details of a Facebook group where delegates can interact before, during, and after the conference – coming soon.


2019 Weight Stigma Conference early bird registration ends soon

7th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, 27–28 June, 2019

University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

**REGISTER NOW: Early bird rates available until 13th May**

“Moving the Dial” in Weight Stigma Research and Resistance

This year’s theme focuses on new research and theoretical contributions that move the dial on weight stigma and how to resist it. The two-day interdisciplinary program will cover the entire weight stigma research spectrum—from basic, to applied, to clinical, to policy—and feature an outstanding roster of international speakers and local experts. We encourage abstracts that offer novel and fresh insights and/or address existing gaps and open questions on how to bridge research and practice in this field, and challenge and resist weight stigma.

We are honoured to present our keynote speakers for this year’s Weight Stigma Conference:

  • Dr Jill Andrew is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto-St Paul’s. She is an award-winning equity educator, body image advocate, speaker and writer. As the co-founder of Body Confidence Canada, #SizeismSucks, and Body Confidence Awareness Week, Andrew advocates to end size and appearance-based discrimination, harassment and bullying throughout the life spectrum.
  • Dr Amy Farrell is Professor of American Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Dickinson College. She is the author of two books: Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism (University of North Carolina Press, 1998) and Fat Shame: Stigma and the fat Body in American Culture (New York University Press, 2011).
  • Dr Jennifer Gaudiani has been a leader in the eating disorders field for over 10 years. Her Gaudiani Clinic is a HAES (Health At Every Size)®-informed provider and embraces treating people of all shapes and sizes. She is a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders and author of ‘Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders’.

The Weight Stigma Conference is an inter-disciplinary event that brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds (e.g., public health, government and public policy, psychology, medicine, sociology, anthropology, allied health professions, education, sports and exercise science, social sciences, media studies, business, law, activism, and the lay public) to consider research, policy, rhetoric, and practice around the issue of weight stigma. For more information, visit: stigmaconference.com

Bursary Fund – Supporting Accessibility

The Weight Stigma Conference is a not-for-profit event. Although we try and keep prices down, we realise that the conference will nevertheless be beyond some people’s means. Rather than raising the cost of tickets, we will make every effort to raise additional funding through donations and sponsorship to allow us to give bursaries to individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.

A Donation option is available on the registration website for both delegates and non-attendees who are in a position to contribute a little extra to help us provide financial assistance where needed. Alternatively, donations can be made via our GoFundMe page. Thank you for your generosity.

If you are interested in formal sponsorship of the event, please contact us for more information.

Early-bird rates will be available until 13th May, 2019. Standard rates apply from 14th May.



FYI. MRC Public Health Intervention Development Scheme

FYI. Medical Research Council Public Health Intervention Development Scheme

The MRC Public Health Intervention Development scheme (PHIND) supports the early stages of development of interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue. Studies funded by the scheme will develop the necessary evidence to underpin the later development and evaluation of novel public health interventions.

The scheme supports projects that will develop innovative new interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue, and seeks to encourage a novelhigh risk approach to intervention development. Complex, population level interventions, with a focus on non-health care settings (such as: transport, education, employment, leisure and the built environment), are considered particularly suitable. Health care settings are not excluded, but projects should demonstrate potential for improved health of general, high risk or vulnerable populations.  In addition, proposals that align with the NIHR Public Health Research Programme or for MRC Global Health schemes are particularly welcomed.

Applicants can apply for up to £150K (MRC Contribution), for a maximum of 18 months. Funds may be requested to support costs attributable to the study including investigator and research staff time, consumables, equipment and travel.

Proposals should address the early stage of development of new interventions including qualitative and quantitative primary research, developing theory and designing the intervention.

Where appropriate, investigators are strongly encouraged to include user participation in their developmental study, as absence of user engagement at an early stage can reduce the success of the intervention.

Proposals should demonstrate a pathway to further development and evaluation of the proposed intervention and criteria for progression to the next stage of development should be detailed within the Case for Support. To help fully evaluate the impact of PHIND awards, in addition to the standard MRC reporting conditions, grant holders will be required to inform the scheme manager of project outputs.

Assessment process

Applications will be directly assessed by a scientific panel, comprising a range of public health research and practitioner expertise, without additional external peer-review. The panel will have close links with NIHR and MRC global health to ensure the public health relevance of the proposal and to increase the potential success of future applications for piloting and evaluative studies.

The panel will assess applications against the following criteria:

  • The importance of the public health question and need for an intervention to address the issue(s)
  • The proposed approach including methodology, innovation and likelihood of the outcomes of the proposed study to fill a current gap in knowledge
  • The research team, research environment and stakeholder partners

How to apply

Proposals to PHIND must be submitted through the Joint electronic-Submission (Je-S) system.

Please use the Guidance Document when preparing your application and case for support.

Please also refer to the 10 tips for writing a PHIND application, available in the Document Download section.

Please note that the Guidance Document (Case for Support questions 2 and 5) has recently been updated (May 2017), to request more detail on the likely proposed intervention and methodology that would be used in the early-phase study.

Full details are available on the MRC website.

Deadline: 18th July 2019

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