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Journal articles

We have compiled a selection of journal articles relating to weight-based stigma.

This study examines attitudes towards weight and weight stigma across 4 countries. 

This qualitative study aims to determine individuals’ everyday experiences of weight-based discrimination and to identify common themes.

This cross-sectional study investigates the views of adolescents about their body weight and perceived changes in weight stigma from peers, parents, and social media during the COVID-19 pandemic. .

The World Obesity Federation convened a global working group to consider the ways that global obesity narratives may contribute to weight stigma, resulting in this position statement with 9 recommendations for global health research and health promotion efforts that can help to reduce harmful obesity narratives, both inside and outside health contexts.

Study investigating the impact of weight stigma on the motivational consequences of individuals.

This study examined whether internalised societal attitudes about weight moderated the impact of weight stigma.

This study compares weight stigma and personal experiences of weight stigma between 6 countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK, and the US), with the specific focus of assessing experiences and interpersonal sources of weight stigma. 

This commentary explores weight stigma and global health, investigating the idea of obesity stigma a ‘first world problem’, and discussing the rising evidence of obesity stigma emerging in the global south. 

This study aims to synthesize research findings on experiences and attitudes about obesity and stigma in health care. 

The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship of explicit and implicit weight bias both at the individual and national level. 

The critical social issue of weight stigma, and the effect of this upon individuals is discussed in this study.

The aim of the study was to develop an appropriate questionnaire to be used in a survey to follow and further enhance existing instruments in understanding perceptions of individuals living with overweight and obesity. 

The study assessed public support for the implementation of laws and policies aimed at reducing weight-based stigma across 4 countries: United States, Canada, Australia, and Iceland. 

This policy statement seeks to raise awareness regarding the prevalence and negative effects of weight stigma on pediatric patients and their families and provides 6 clinical practice and 4 advocacy recommendations regarding the role of pediatricians in addressing weight stigma. 

This correspondence proposes the ‘Health Stigma and Discrimination Framework’, a global framework for health stigma applicable to a range of health conditions, including weight-based stigma.

This joint consensus statement from the Language Matters working group, Obesity UK and National Health Service England Diabetes and Obesity, present this statement to emphasise  the importance of a collaborative approach with people who have multiple different chronic conditions, and the priority of person-first language. 

This study tested whether the association between weight stigma experiences and disordered eating behaviors (emotional eating, uncontrolled eating, and loss-of-control eating) are mediated by weight bias internalisation and psychological distress. 

A comment from our CEO and partner organisations surrounding the misconception that obesity is a matter of personal responsibility and that it is a ‘first world problem’. The commentary dissects this misleading narrative and highlights the fact that obesity affects people of all ages, all geographies, and all socioeconomic backgrounds.

This commentary outlines the idea that an integrative approach to weight-related issues, merging knowledge from the fields of obesity and eating disorders, is central to effective prevention.

This study explores weight-based victimisation from friends, family members, peers, and teachers. 

This qualitative study investigates the views and opinions of individuals living with overweight and obesity surrounding the acceptability of terms to describe weight status and how this affects their motivation to lose weight when used by health professionals.