8th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

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Day 1
8:45-9:15 Registration and Refreshments
9:15-9:30 Welcome
9:30-10:30 Keynote Speaker
Ms Lucy Aphramor
Well Now, UK
Preventing fat stigma and repairing harm:  A practical, pragmatic, radical response for advancing weight justice through public health policy and everyday conversation
10:30-10:50 Coffee Break
10:50-11:50 Symposium: Weight Stigma and Public Health and Public Policy
Applying Critical Systems Heuristics and the Red Lotus Health Promotion Model to critique weight-related public health initiatives and their contribution to weight stigma
Dr Lily O’Hara, Abu Dhabi University, UAE
Reflecting on policy solutions to weight-centered public health
Dr Caitlin O’Reilly, University of British Columbia, Canada
Exploring portrayals of ‘childhood obesity’: Weight stigma in policy, news media, and public perceptions
Beccy Smith, Leeds Beckett University, UK
The social implications of weight bias internalisation: Parents’ ‘ultimate responsibility’ as consent, division and resistance
Dr Sharon Noonan-Gurning, City, University of London, UK
Foregrounding the viscerality of food and fat: Towards an affective political ecological approach in public health
Dr Karin Eli, University of Oxford, UK
11:50-12:10 Symposium: Issues in Weight Stigma Research
New options for quantification: Introducing the Fat Attitudes Assessment Toolkit
Trish Cain, Murdoch University, Australia
Is there a better way to measure internalised weight stigma: Confirmatory factor analysis of the 19-item Weight Bias Internalization Scale
Dr Angela Meadows, University of Birmingham, UK
12:10-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Keynote Speaker
Professor Rhiannon Turner
Queens University Belfast, UK
Applying social psychological interventions to tackle weight stigma
14:30-15:30 Symposium: Weight Discrimination Legislation: An International Comparison
Dr Stuart Flint, Leeds Beckett University, UK
UK legislation
Dr Jeremé Snook, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
EU legislation
Dr Jessica Guth, Leeds Beckett University, UK
US legislation
Sondra Solovay Esq, Discrimination and Diversity Expert, USA
Co-ordinated action
Dr Stuart Flint, Leeds Beckett University, UK
15:30-16:30 Posters and Refreshments
16:30-17:30 Parallel Sessions
WORKSHOP: Weight discrimination legislation: Pathways to action
Dr Stuart Flint, Leeds Beckett University, UK
WORKSHOP: Weight stigma in critical psychology: The praxis of challenging healthism
Lauren Munro, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
17:30-19:00 Cheese and Wine Reception


Day 2
8:30-9:00 Refreshments
9:00-10:00 Keynote Speaker
Dr Emma Rich
University of Bath, UK
Public health policy, young people and weight stigma: Key considerations and future directions
10:00-10:45 Symposium: Weight Stigma Interventions
Weight bias: Investigating the impact of an empathy-evoking intervention in reducing mental health professionals’ anti-fat attitudes
Tarynne Quirk, City, University of London, UK
Narrative medicine as a novel weight stigma reduction method in medical education
Rachel Fox, University of California San Diego, USA
Decreasing weight bias of pre-service health professionals
Thea Werkhoven, University of Sydney, Australia
Decolonizing fat: Fat liberation media as potential intervention bias
Rosalind Major, Davidson College, USA
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 Symposium: Weight Stigma in Culture and the Media
Are the people tweeting about exercise also tweeting about fat? A descriptive study of twitter communities
Ahuitz Rojas-Sánchez, Université Grenoble-Alpes, France
The metaphorical construction of weight in the media
Tara Coltman-Patel, Nottingham Trent University, UK
The representation of weight, bodies and health in Sport England’s This Girl Can – a multimethod case study
Maddie Sweetman, Leeds Beckett University, UK
“Don’t look at the package. Look at what’s inside: Anti-fat bias in David Levithan’s Every Day”
Judith Schreier, Institute for American Studies, Leipzig, Germany
When fat meets disability in poverty porn: exploring the cultural mechanisms of suspicion in Too Fat to Work
Professor Jayne Raisborough, Leeds Beckett University, UK
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Parallel Sessions
WORKSHOP: Waking up to the reality of weight stigma in safe spaces
Dr Rachel Porter, Carolina House Eating Disorders Treatment Center, USA
SYMPOSIUM: Stigma and Weight Loss Surgery
Chair: Trish Cain, Murdoch University, Australia

  • Healthism and experiences of social, healthcare, and self-stigma in higher-weight women
    Alejandro Jiménez-Loaisa, Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Spain
  • Stigma and surgery: A qualitative investigation into face-saving behaviors among bariatric surgery patients
    Nicholas Eckhart, Central Michigan University, USA
  • Stigma and the social experiences of weight loss surgery
    Dr Barbara Hansen, Henderson State University, USA
14:00-14:30 Symposium: Weight Stigma in Healthcare
(Mis)Information and stigma: Challenges for higher-weight women during family planning and pregnancy
Kara Fransisco, University of Florida, USA
“Don´t bother visiting the doctor if it´s anything from the waist down!”: Fat women’s experiences in medical settings in Spain
Nina Navajas-Pertegás, Universitat de València, Spain
Uncovering weight bias in therapists’ responses to risk for clients with Eating Disorders
Kel O’Neill, University of East London, UK
Knowledge brokering: (mis)Aligning population knowledge with care of fat bodies in clinical settings
Dr Patricia Thille, University of Toronto/Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada
14:30-15:00 Coffee Break
15:00-15:45 Symposium: Weight Stigma, Health and Wellbeing
Engaging with dieting: Weight stigma and weight-loss tropes
Dr Sophie Smailes, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Social identity threat and the implications of weight stigma on healthcare avoidance
Dr Janell Mensinger, Drexel University, USA
Inhospitable chairs: Everyday insults that negatively impact higher-weight individuals
Janet K Keeler, University of South Florida, St Petersburg, USA
Does weight stigma hurt? Exploring the overlap between social and physical pain
Dr KayLoni Olson, Brown University, USA
15:45-16:00 Close and Prizes