8th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

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This page contains links to publications arising out of work presented at the Weight Stigma Conference, some key publications from invited speakers, and papers pertaining to the philosophy of the conference. It is a work in progress – the papers below relate to the 2013–2015 conferences, with more recent events to follow. If you would like to suggest a paper for inclusion, please contact us at stigmaconf@gmail.com.



Weight stigma and health

Societal attitudes

Healthcare professionals

Public health




Weight stigma research topics

Stigma reduction interventions


Art and Performance



NOTE ON TERMINOLOGY: Our preference is for the use of the terms “weight stigma” or “anti-fat bias” in WSC abstracts and  presentations, rather than “obesity stigma”. We also prefer that person-first language be avoided. The following two papers explain this position. However, these are guidelines and we will not insist on specific terminology.

Meadows & Daníelsdóttir (2016). What’s in a word: On weight stigma and terminology. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01527

Lozano-Sufrategui, Sparkes, & McKenna (2016). Weighty: NICE’s not-so-nice words. Frontiers in Psychology.  doi:10.3389/ fpsyg.2016.01919

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Weight Stigma & Health

Sutin & Terracciano (2015). Weight Discrimination and Risk of Mortality. Psychological Science, 26(11), 1803-11. DOI: 10.1177/0956797615601103

Tylka, Annunziato, Burgard, Daníelsdóttir, Shuman, Davis, & Calogero (2014). The Weight-Inclusive versus Weight-Normative Approach to Health: Evaluating the Evidence for Prioritizing Well-Being over Weight Loss. Journal of Obesity, Article ID 983495. DOI: 10.1155/2014/983495

Vartanian & Smyth (2013). Primum non nocere: obesity stigma and public health. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 10(1), 49-57. doi: 10.1007/s11673-012-9412-9

Bacon & Aphramor (2011). Weight science: evaluating the evidence for a paradigm shift. Nutrition Journal, 69. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-10-9

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Societal Attitudes

Bias & Evans (2016). Equality In The Air? What Happens If We View Fat People As Passengers With Rights? (Huffington Post). Animation.

Lozano-Sufrategui, Carless, Pringle, Sparkes, McKenna (2016). “Sorry Mate, You’re Probably a Bit Too Fat to Be Able to Do Any of These”: Men’s Experiences of Weight Stigma. International Journal of Men’s Health, 15(1), 4-23. DOI: 10.3149/jmh.1501.4

Monaghan (2016) ‘Re-framing weight-related stigma: From spoiled identity to macro-social structures’. Social Theory & Health, DOI: 10.1057/s41285-016-0022-1

Alperin, Hornsey, Hayward, Diedrichs & Barlow (2014). Applying the contact hypothesis to anti-fat attitudes: contact with overweight people is related to how we interact with our bodies and those of others. Social Science Medicine, 123, 37-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.10.051

Saguy (2013). What’s wrong with fat? Oxford University Press

Fardouly & Vartanian (2012). Changes in weight bias following weight loss: the impact of weight-loss method. International Journal of Obesity, 36, 314–319; DOI:10.1038/ijo.2011.26

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Healthcare Professionals

Meadows, Higgs, Burke, Dovidio, van Ryn, & Phelan (2017). Social dominance orientation, dispositional empathy, and need for cognitive closure moderate the impact of empathy-skills training, but not patient contact, on medical students’ negative attitudes toward higher-weight patientsFrontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00504

Heslehurst, Russell, Brandon, Johnston, Summerbell, & Rankin (2015). Women’s perspectives are required to inform the development of maternal obesity services: a qualitative study of obese pregnant women’s experiences. Health Expectations, 18(5), 968-981. DOI: 10.1111/hex.12070

Setchell, Watson, Jones, & Gard (2015). Weight stigma in physiotherapy practice: Patient perceptions of interactions with physiotherapists. Manual Therapy, 20(6), 835-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.math.2015.04.001

Bibi, Redwood & Taheri (2014). Raising the issue of overweight and obesity with the South Asian community. British Journal of General Practice; 64 (625): 417-419. DOI: 10.3399/bjgp14X681145

Phelan, Dovidio, Puhl, Burgess, Nelson, Yeazel, Hardeman, Perry, & van Ryn (2014). Implicit and Explicit Weight Bias in a National Sample of 4,732 Medical Students: The Medical Student CHANGES Study. Obesity, 22, 1201-1208. DOI: 10.1002/oby.20687

Setchell, Watson, Jones, Gard, & Briffa (2014). Physiotherapists demonstrate weight stigma: a cross-sectional survey of Australian physiotherapists. Journal of Physiotherapy, 60(3), 157-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.jphys.2014.06.020

Swift, Hanlon, El-Redy, Puhl & Glazebrook (2013). Weight bias among UK trainee dietitians, doctors, nurses and nutritionists Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 26(4), 395-402. DOI: 10.1111/jhn.12019

Kroshus, Fischer, Nichols (2015). Assessing the awareness and behaviors of U.S. high school nurses with respect to the female athlete triad. Journal of School Nursing, 31(4), 272-279. DOI: 10.1177/1059840514563760

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Public Health

Hoyt, Burnette, Auster-Gussman, Major (2017). The obesity stigma asymmetry model: The indirect and divergent effects of blame and changeability beliefs on antifat prejudice. Stigma and Health, Vol 2(1), 53-65. DOI: 10.1037/sah0000026

Rich (2017). Childhood, surveillance and mHealth technologies. In E.Taylor and T.Rooney (Eds) Surveillance Futures: Social and ethical implications of new technologies for children and young people. Ashgate. 132-146

Aphramor (2005). Is a weight-centred health framework salutogenic? Some thoughts on unhinging certain dietary ideologies. Social Theory & Health, 3(4), pp 315–340. DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.sth.8700059

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Rich (2016). Troubling obesity discourse through public pedagogy. In E.Cameron and C.Russell (Eds) The fat pedagogy reader: Challenging weight based oppression in education. Counterpoints series. Peter Lang Publishers.

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De Brún, McCarthy, McKenzie, McGloin (2014). Weight stigma and narrative resistance evident in online discussions of obesity. Appetite, 72, 73-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.09.022

Eli & Lavis (2014). From abject eating to abject being: representations of obesity in ‘Supersize vs. Superskinny’. In Eli & Ulijaszek  (Eds.) Sound Bites: Media Representations of Obesity and Eating Disorders. Ashgate.

Raisborough (2014). Why we Should be Watching More Trash TV: Exploring the Value of an Analysis of the Makeover Show to Fat Studies Scholars. Fat Studies, 3(2): 155-165. DOI: 10.1080/21604851.2014.840525

Plotz (2013). Paul Blart and the Decline of White Working-Class Masculinities. Fat Studies, 2(2), 173-182. DOI: 10.1080/21604851.2013.780510

Hilton, Patterson & Teyhan (2012). Escalating coverage of obesity in UK newspapers: the evolution and framing of the “obesity epidemic” from 1996 to 2010. Obesity 20(8), 1688-95. DOI: 10.1038/oby.2012.27

Cooper (2007). Headless Fatties. Essay.

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Andrews, Greenfield, Drever, & Redwood (2015). Strong, female and Black: Stereotypes of African Caribbean women’s body shape and their effects on clinical encounters. Health (London). DOI: 10.1177/1363459315595847

van Amsterdam (2013). Big fat inequalities, thin privilege: An intersectional perspective on ‘body size’. European Journal of Women’s Studies, 20(2), 155-169. DOI: 10.1177/1350506812456461

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Weight Stigma Research Topics

Meadows, Daníelsdóttir, Calogero, O’Reilly (2017). Why fat suits do not advance the scientific study of weight stigma. Obesity,25(2), 275. DOI: 10.1002/oby.21742

Calogero, Tylka, & Mensinger (2016). Scientific weightism: A view of mainstream weight stigma research through a feminist lens. In Roberts et al (eds). Feminist Perspectives on Building a Better Psychological Science of Gender. Springer.

Cooper (2013). Fat research: Nothing about us without us. Blog post

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Stigma Reduction Interventions

Khan, Tarrant, Weston, Shah, & Farrow (2017). Can Raising Awareness about the Psychological Causes of Obesity Reduce Obesity Stigma? Health Communication. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1283566.

Flint, Hudson, & Lavallee (2013). Counter-conditioning as an intervention to modify anti-fat attitudes. Health Psychology Research, 1(2): e24. DOI: 10.4081/hpr.2013.e24

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Ensslin, Skains, Riley, & Mackiewicz (2016). Exploring digital fiction as a tool for teenage body image bibliotherapy. Digital Creativity, 27(3), 177-195. DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2016.1210646

Riley, Evans, & Mackiewicz (2016). It’s just between girls: Negotiating the postfeminist gaze in women’s ‘looking talk’. Feminism & Psychology, 26(1), 94-113. DOI: 10.1177/0959353515626182

Seo (2014). You Mean It’s Not My Fault: Learning about Lipedema, a Fat Disorder. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, 4(2) E6-E9. DOI: 10.1353/nib.2014.0045

Robinson & Christiansen (2014). The changing face of obesity: Exposure to and acceptance of obesity. Obesity, 22, 1380-1386. DOI: 10.1002/oby.20699

Harris (2013). Skin Deep: the skin as repository (artwork). Website

Ng, Thøgersen-Ntoumani & Ntoumanis (2012). Motivation contagion when instructing obese individuals: a test in exercise settings. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 34(4):525-38. DOI: 10.1123/jsep.34.4.525

Diedrichs & Lee (2011) Waif Goodbye! Average-size female models promote positive body image and appeal to consumers . Psychology and Health, 26(10), 1273-1291. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2010.515308

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Art and Performance

Amy Godfrey. Performer. amygodfrey.com/the-biscuit-chronicles/

Rebecca Harris. Artist. rebecca-harris.com/

Alison Brumfitt. Poet. alisonbrumfitt.wordpress.com/performance-poetry/

Lucy Aphramor. Poet. lucyaphramor.com/poet/

Hildur Ása Henrysdóttir. Artist. hildurhenrysdottir.is

Jamin Zuroski. Artist. jaminzuroski.com

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