5th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

Home » Programme


NOTE: Please note that our conference programme is subject to change at any point before or during the conference itself. We are unable to accept responsibility for changes made which are outside of our control.

Presenting authors only listed. For full list, please see conference brochure.

Day 1
9:00-9:45 Registration
9:45-10:00 Welcome
10:00-11:00 Keynote Speaker
Prof Deborah Lupton
University of Canberra, Australia
Idealised and stigmatised bodies in digital media: New directions for research
11:00-12:00 Oral Presentations
Weight discrimination, racial and sex discrimination and cardiovascular disease in a national sample of adults in the United States
Prof Carlos Grilo, Yale University, USA
Changes in weight bias from three to seven years of age: A prospective study in young children
Dr Siân McLean, Victoria University, Australia
Bridging the physician-patient divide: Do fat patients feel less stigmatized during a health exam if the doctor eases threat of judgment by eating chips and soda?
Emerson Hardebeck, Stanford University, USA
Crafting weight stigma in slimming classes
Dr Jacqueline O’Toole, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Republic of Ireland
Medical students’ attitudes and patient-centered care for higher weight patients
Dr Sean Phelan, Mayo Clinic, USA
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Oral Presentations
Weight stigma and the fat (New Zealand) woman
Julie Howe, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Intersecting stigma: Motherhood, fatness and diabetes
Dr Jenny Lee, Victoria University, Australia
Body-positivity versus fat activism: The creation of fat subcultures in reality television
Layla Cameron, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Body acceptance in rural America
Dr Andrea Bombak, Central Michigan University, USA
“I admire the body that says ‘I don’t care what I look like’…but don’t go wearing tight tops”: Examining young women’s talk around weight, and the tensions between anti-fat phobia discourse and engaging in hetero-normative (feminine) fat talk
Dr Maxine Woolhouse, Leeds Beckett University, UK
14:00-15:00 Symposium 1. Weight stigma reduction interventions: What works?
Busting the body bias: Evaluation of a campus-based anti-fat shaming campaign
Dr Sharon De Joy, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA
Addressing weight bias in a clinical psychology training program
Dr Paula Brochu, Nova Southeastern University, USA
A case study of working together to address weight stigma in health sectors
Caitlin O’Reilly, University of British Columbia, Canada
15:00-16:00 Posters and Refreshments
16:00-17:00 Symposium 2. Legislating against weight stigma: International perspectives
Weight, stigma and anti-discrimination law
Prof Iyiola Solanke, University of Leeds, UK
Change the General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG)! Weight discrimination as a legal category in Germany
Stephanie von Liebenstein, Society against Weight Discrimination, Germany
Weight discrimination legislation: Manitoba’s story
Lindsey Mazur RD, University of Manitoba, Canada
17:00-18:00 Keynote Speaker
Chevese Underhill-Turner
Binge Eating Disorder Association, USA
Moving past professional differences: Centering the individual’s needs as an approach to eliminating weight bias
18:00-19:30 Reception
Day 2
8:30-9:00 Refreshments
9:00-10:00 Keynote Speaker
Prof Christian Crandall
University of Kansas, USA
Anti-fat attitudes and the politics of weight stigma
Breakout sessions
10:00-11:00 ROUNDTABLE
Weight Matters: Examining issues of weight bias in eating disorder research methodologies and treatment contexts
Erin Harrop, University of Washington, USA, Andrea LaMarre, University of Guelph, Canada, Dr Jennifer Henretty & Jamie Atkins RD, Center for Discovery, USA
Experiments, interventions, and strategies: Generating new approaches to weight stigma research
Trish Cain, Murdoch University, Australia
11:15-12:00 SEMINAR
Fat studies and fat activism in Germany: Bridging divides between identity politics and ideological intent
Dr Friedrich Schorb, University of Bremen, Natalie Rosenke, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Not too long, not too short, but just write:  Structure, style, and persuasion – a writing masterclass for students
Angela Meadows, University of Birmingham, UK
12:00-13:00 Lunch
Breakout sessions
13:00-14:00 WORKSHOP
Sharing experiences to combat weight stigma in public health: Policy and practice lessons from scholars, health practitioners, and activists
Dr Emily Porth, University of Surrey, UK
The process of stigma in society
Christina Fleetwood, EASO Patient Council, Sweden
14:15-15:15 WORKSHOP
N of 1: New strategies for fighting weight stigma
Harriet Brown, Syracuse University, USA
Reproducing stigma: Exploring weight stigma in pregnancy care
Andrea LaMarre, University of Guelph, Canada
15:15-15:45 Refreshments
15:45-16:45 Symposium 3. Weight stigma and physical activity
Weight stigma in frequent exercisers: Overt, demeaning, and condescending
Dr Stuart Flint, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Jocks and fatties: An examination of masculine embodiment and weight stigma in middle school males
Chris Borduas, Memorial University, Canada
Internalised weight stigma diminishes improvements in physical activity outcomes following a healthy living intervention in women with high BMI
Dr Janell Mensinger, Drexel University, USA
16:45-17:45 Symposium 4. Weight stigma transmission via childhood obesity policies
Mothering and the NCMP: Intersectional understandings of mothering and childhood body, health and weight management
Sarah Gillborn, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Parents, public policy and stigma
Sharon Noonan-Gunning, City University London, UK
The impact of childhood obesity discourses on mothering work for single mothers who live in poverty in Northern Ontario, Canada
Laurel O’Gorman, Laurentian University, Canada
17:45-18:00 Close and Prizes