Weight Bias & Stigma




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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.

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