University Health Service

—Weight bias refers to:
  • Attitudes that negatively affect our interpersonal interactions
  • Stereotypes ascribed to overweight and larger bodied individuals that increases their vulnerability, unfair treatment, prejudice, and discrimination

—Stigmatizing attitudes toward obese individuals usually emerge when people believe that excess weight is controllable and is a problem of lack of personal responsibility (Brownell et al., 2009)

—The prevalence of weight discrimination has increased by 66% in past 10 years  and is comparable to rates of racial discrimination, which can perpetuate the disparities already present in their lives. (Andreyeva, Puhl, & Brownell, 2008)
(we are currently updating this page with research findings that were promised at the SPH and SSW workshops. Check back soon!)