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 and 2014 conferences, with more recent events to follow. If you would like to suggest a paper for inclusion, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
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 patients. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00504
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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