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.

Featured Resources

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 clinical 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.
Online Graduate Course on Youth Bullying - Fall 2016

This online course, called "Bullying and Victimization in Childhood and Adolescence" (HDFS 5002.001) is offered through UConn's eCampus and is open to graduate students both within and outside UConn. If you are interested and are not a UConn student, please visit: http://ecampus.uconn.edu/courses.php

Media Resources
Online Toolkit
Rudd Policy Brief
Presentations by Rebecca Puhl