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7. Weight discrimination is a serious issue, how can we address it?

In this episode of the Fresh Heart Podcast we discuss the stigma and discrimination associated with obesity.

Weight based discrimination is one of the most common forms of discrimination in society and sadly, it’s a global issue. Research shows that even at a young age, children have been conditioned to have a weight bias. We address the damaging consequences and discuss measures we can take to protect ourselves and others.

We’re living in a time where equality is on the agenda and weight equality is a vital part of that narrative.

Listen in and let us know what you think!

Remember, be kind to yourself and small, sustainable steps lead to great change.

Support for individuals

Support for professionals

Association for the Study of Obesity UK

Obesity Health Alliance

European Association for the Study of Obesity

Obesity sensitive media images

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Podcast References

  1. Richardson SA, Goodman N, Hastorf AH, Dornbusch SM. Cultural uniformity in reaction to physical disabilities. Am Sociol Rev. 1961;26(2):241–7.

  2. Jackson, S. E., Kirschbaum, C. & Steptoe, A. Perceived weight discrimination and chronic biochemical stress: a population-based study using cortisol in scalp hair. Obesity 24, 2515–2521 (2016).

  3. Vadiveloo, M. & Mattei, J. Perceived weight discrimination and 10-year risk of allostatic load among US adults. Ann. Behav. Med. 51, 94–104 (2017).

  4. Sutin, A. R., Stephan, Y. & Terracciano, A. Weight discrimination and risk of mortality. Psychol. Sci. 26, 1803–1811 (2015).

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