4:15 pm - 5:15 pm | Independence E | Weight Stigma: Impact on Health and Strategies for Improving Health Care Practices

Weight Stigma: Impact on Health and Strategies for Improving Health Care Practices

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm | Sunday, 7/23 | Independence E

Moderator: Ellen Pudney, MS, RDN, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Speaker: Rebecca Puhl, PhD, Rudd Center for Policy and Obesity, University of Connecticut

Children and adults of higher body weight face substantial stigma, bullying, and discrimination. Not only is weight stigma harmful to the health of individuals who are targeted, but the presence of this bias in the health field reduces quality of care. This session will present a summary of the current evidence on the nature and impact of weight stigma, including its damaging consequences for emotional well-being and health behaviors. Additionally, the speaker will discuss ways in which weight bias hinders delivery of client care, and describe individual-level and policy-level strategies and recommendations for removing weight bias in the health field.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe how weight stigma impacts emotional wellbeing and health behaviors of children and adults who are of higher body weight.
  2. Participants will be able to identify strategies for reducing and removing weight stigma from nutrition education practices now and in the future.
  3. Participants will be able to define weight stigma and determine why, based on the evidence, our future as a Society and as researchers, educators and advocates must be free of all weight bias.

Session sponsored by the Weight Realities Division.