6th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

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Professor Chris Crandall

Chris Crandall has studied prejudice based on weight since 1985. He earned a Ph.D. In 1987 from the University of Michigan, where he studied the role of social influence on binge eating in sororities. He has also studied eating, weight, and prejudice at Yale University, the University of Florida, and the University of Kansas, where he is now Professor of Psychology. Dr. Crandall has studied anti-fat attitudes, beliefs, and the role of culture in seven countries, parents discriminating against their own daughters based on weight, and the role of causal beliefs in weight prejudice. His work on prejudice now focuses on how people justify expressing prejudice. He is the President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and Editor-Elect of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Professor Deborah Lupton

Deborah Lupton is Centenary Research Professor in the News & Media Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra. Her latest books are Medicine as Culture, 3rd edition (Sage, 2012), Fat (Routledge, 2013), Risk, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2013), The Social Worlds of the Unborn (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), Digital Sociology (Routledge, 2015) and The Quantified Self: A Sociology of Self-Tracking (Polity, 2016). Her current research interests all involve aspects of digital sociology: big data cultures, self-tracking practices, digital food cultures, the digital surveillance of children, digitised academia, and digital health technologies.

Blog: This Sociological Life    Twitter: @DALupton


Chevese Turner

Recognizing the need for an organization to advocate on behalf of affected individuals, Turner founded the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) in June, 2008 and continues to lead the organization and its endeavors in creating awareness, healthcare provider education and public policy initiatives.
As an advocate for those with binge eating disorder (BED) and mental health promotion, Turner is passionate about changing the conversation around weight, body size, and the pursuit of weight loss to a paradigm that promotes well-being free from the weight stigma and body discrimination that jeopardizes an individual’s overall health and obstructs access-to-care. She carries these messages to audiences around the US and abroad via schools, healthcare settings, trade organizations, associations, professional conferences, governmental agencies, and policy makers.
Turner attended Temple University in Philadelphia where she received a BA in Political Science. Her professional background includes political campaign work, non-profit management, marketing, public policy and government affairs. She lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband and two sons.