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The Stigma of Obesity: A Review and Update
This review expands upon previous findings of weight bias in major domains of living, documents new areas where weight bias has been studied, and highlights ongoing research questions that need to be addressed to advance this field of study. Expand
Bias, discrimination, and obesity.
Information on discriminatory attitudes and behaviors against obese individuals is reviewed, integrating this to show whether systematic discrimination occurs and why, and needed work in the field is discussed. Expand
Stigma, obesity, and the health of the nation's children.
This report reviews existing research on weight stigma in children and adolescents, with attention to the nature and extent of weight bias toward obese youths and to the primary sources of stigma in their lives, including peers, educators, and parents. Expand
Obesity stigma: important considerations for public health.
It is proposed that weight stigma is not a beneficial public health tool for reducing obesity, but rather, stigmatization of obese individuals threatens health, generates health disparities, and interferes with effective obesity intervention efforts. Expand
Confronting and Coping with Weight Stigma: An Investigation of Overweight and Obese Adults
Objective: This study examined experiences of weight stigmatization, sources of stigma, coping strategies, psychological functioning, and eating behaviors in a sample of 2671 overweight and obeseExpand
Psychosocial origins of obesity stigma: toward changing a powerful and pervasive bias
  • R. Puhl, K. Brownell
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Obesity reviews : an official journal of the…
  • 1 November 2003
The social and psychological origins of this bias are examined through a review and critique of theoretical and empirical literatures, and how the field might best advance in the area of reducing stigma is proposed. Expand
Perceptions of weight discrimination: prevalence and comparison to race and gender discrimination in America
Experiences of weight/height discrimination in a nationally representative sample of US adults and compared their prevalence and patterns with discrimination experiences based on race and gender were examined. Expand
Impact of perceived consensus on stereotypes about obese people: a new approach for reducing bias.
Providing information about the uncontrollable causes of obesity and supposed scientific prevalence of traits also improved attitudes, and a consensus approach was compared with other stigma reduction methods. Expand
Ways of coping with obesity stigma: review and conceptual analysis.
This paper provides an analysis of methods individuals use to cope with weight stigma, integrating work on weight stigma with what is known from other relevant areas (e.g., race and gender bias). Expand
Changes in Perceived Weight Discrimination Among Americans, 1995–1996 Through 2004–2006
This study examined the trends in perceived weight/height discrimination among a nationally representative sample of adults aged 35–74 years, comparing experiences of discrimination based on race, age, and gender. Expand