Weight Bias & Stigma
Despite increased attention to the obesity epidemic, little has been done to stop the bias and discrimination that children and adults with obesity face every day. The social consequences of obesity include discrimination in employment, barriers in education, biased attitudes from health care professionals, stereotypes in the media, and stigma in interpersonal relationships. All these factors reduce quality of life for vast numbers of people with overweight and obesity, and have both immediate and long-term consequences for their emotional and physical health.
The Rudd Center aims to stop the stigma through research, education, and advocacy. We’re working to draw attention to weight bias and develop strategies to address the issue with various groups, including young people, families, teachers, employers, and health care professionals.
Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The Rudd Center and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine have developed an online CME course for health care providers to improve the quality of care for patients with obesity, and help reduce weight stigmatizaiton in cliniical settings. For clinicians working with this patient population, the course equips them with strategies to improve provider-patient communication, make positive changes in the medical office environment, and increase awareness of personal biases that could unintentionally compromise patient care.
- Rudd Center Media Gallery - Videos and Images
- Guidelines for the Portrayal of Persons with Overweight and Obesity in the Media
Rudd Policy Brief
Presentations by Rebecca Puhl
- Weight Stigma: Keynote - Integrated Health Session, 2014 ASMBS Annual Conference (Video)
- Clinical Implications of Obesity Stigma
- Obesity Stigma: Implications for Patients and Providers
- Pediatric Obesity and Bullying: Implications for Patients, Providers and Clinical Practice
- Weight Stigma in News Media and Public Health Efforts to Address Obesity
- Media Guidelines
- Media Gallery
- Videos Exposing Weight Bias
- Health Care Providers
- Kids and Teens
- Policy Makers
- Schools and Educators
- Employer Resource: BMI Incentives vs. Penalties
- Employees: Have You Ever Been a Target of Weight Bias?
- Employer Resource: Weight Bias
- Emotional and Physical Health
- Health Care
- Theories of Weight Bias
- Weight Discrimination and the Law
- Weight Stigmatization in Youth