Site icon 10th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

Berlin, 2022

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Suggested citation:

Author (2022). Title. Paper/poster/session presented at 8th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, 14–15 July, Berlin, Germany. DOI: 10.31076/

Prize winners:

Best poster presentation: Erin C. Standen, Psychology, University of Minnesota, USA

Best oral presentations: Sepehr Kosravi, Dept of Psychology, California State University, USA; Veronika Merklein, artist, Austria


Thank you to all of the sponsors of the 2022 Weight Stigma Conference. The event wouldn’t have been possible without them, so please give them your support. You can see all our previous sponsors here.

Presenting authors only listed. For full list, please see conference programme.

Brochure Click to download full WSC 2022 CONFERENCE BROCHURE AND ABSTRACTS
Day 1
Keynote Speaker


Dr Doris Liebscher
Ombuds Office, Berlin State Anti-Discrimination Law, State Office for Equal Treatment Against Discrimination, Germany
Legal protection against weight discrimination – perspectives from the practical work with the General Equal Treatment Act and State Antidiscrimination Law Berlin
Oral Presentations: Theme 1 – Policy and Legislation
Slides Is fatness a disability? A short introduction to fatness, discrimination, and law
Stephanie von Liebenstein, German Society Against Weight Discrimination
Slides Touchstones: Making fat rights a core issue in the run-up to elections
Natalie Rosenke, German Society Against Weight Discrimination
Slides US fat rights laws: Updates on pending legislation and future pursuits
Tigress Osborn, NAAFA, USA
Oral Presentations: Theme 2 – Medical and Healthcare
Slides “A fat person goes to the doctor ….”
Veronika Merklein, Artist, Austria
Slides The right to size affirmative therapy: The impact of micro/macro-aggressions and therapist criticality in psychotherapy with fat clients
Michelle Oldale, Open University, UK
Slides The (un)health care of fat people in Brazil: A socio-anthropological analysis of the Health Department’s clinical guidelines
Lisa Moura, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
N/A Canada’s new Clinical Practice Guidelines: How vested interests are shaping the narrative
Lily O’Hara, Qatar University, Qatar
Breakout Sessions 1
Website ‘Gimme More! Gimme more! Gimme more!’: What can fat performance teach us about creating community?
Katie Greenall, Writer and Performer, UK; Rachel Vogler, Theatre Practitioner, UK
Workbook Self-defence against diet-culture doctors
Dorothee Jankuhn, Larger Living Coaching, Germany
Breakout Sessions 2
Website Stories from Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old – And the Role of Storytelling in Social Sciences
Kimberly Dark, California State University, San Marcos, USA
Short film: Plump “To be seen as that”: Fat representation and visuality
Sofia Apostolidou, University of Potsdam, Germany and University of Melbourne, Australia; Magdalena Hutter, Concordia University, Canada
Keynote Speaker
Slides Dr Asher Larmie
General Practitioner and Activist ‘The Fat Doctor’
Trust me, I’m a doctor: The untold harms of medical weight stigma
Poster Session and Reception
Poster Diagnosis on the perception of weight stigmatization in people submitted to bariatric surgery in a high specialty hosptial in mexico
Izchel Cosio Barroso, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
Poster Fat food justice: Addressing weight bias in food studies scholarship
Jennifer Brady, Acadia University, Canada
Associations between pereived weight, gender roles, and sexual orientation
William Silvia Jr, Ohio University, USA
Poster Women’s journeys towards body acceptance
Kathleen O’Keefe, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Poster Weight stigma in pregnancy: A meta-ethnography
Jenny Cunningham, Kingston University, UK
Poster Weight stigmatization in healthcare and emotional eating
Lisa-Michelle Dietz, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Poster Experiences of weight-based oppression in the Arab region: A qualitative study in Qatar
Lily O’Hara, Qatar University, Qatar
Weight bias: Experiences of users of mental health services
Ana Maria Gallardo, Universidad Gabriela Mistral, Chile
Poster Developmental course of explicit and implicit anti-fat attitudes in Iranian elementary school girls
Mahshid Fonoudi, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
Poster Fat Iranian women’s experiences in health care system and the professional’s view on legislation
Mahshid Fonoudi, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
Associations between experienced and internalized weight stigma and disordered eating in higher-weight and non-higher-weight individuals
Riley Keast, Western University, Canada
Poster Weight-related advice from healthcare providers: An “anti-obesity” policy that may do more harm than good
Erin C Standen, University of Minnesota, USA
Effects of news media exposure on weight stigma among university students
Sharon DeJoy, West Chester University of PA, USA
Poster Weight stigma and consumer behaviour: The acceptability of plus-size models in advertising
Klaudia Domagala, University of Essex, UK
Poster Motivation to exercise: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Yakub Ali, University of Essex, UK
Day 2
Keynote Speaker
Slides Dr Hannele Harjunen
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Fat bodies as anti-neoliberal bodies
Oral Presentations: Theme 3 – Everyday Weight Stigma
Slides Fat, normal, slim, overweight? Self-description and external descriptions for body weight
Lara Kronenbitter, German Centre for Integration and Migration Research
Slides Weight stigma in everyday life: A systematic review of the findings and methodological features of studies using ecological momentary assessment methods, and suggestions for future research
Hugh Bidstrup, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Slides Lack of guilt, shame, and remorse following weight stigma expression captured using real-time assessment
Lauren Breithaupt, Harvard University, USA
Slides Stigmatization experiences of higher-weight parents: Managing steretoypes and expectations
Judith Pape, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Slides “I thought I was normal”: Embodiment and weight stigma experiences in Chilean children
Cecilia Prieto, University of Edinburgh, UK
Slides Qualitative study of body image and culture among Iranian-Americans
Sepehr Khosravi, California State University, USA
Slides Recognizing weight stigma experiences as trauma
Kiki Fornero, Linfield University, USA
Breakout Sessions 3
Website Fat embodiment as birthright
Mäks Roßmöller, Therapist, Somatic Practitioner, Germany
Website Muse: An experiment in storytelling and life drawing
Cameryn Moore, Performer/Playwright, Germany
Oral Presentations: Theme 4 – Theoretical Perspectives
Slides (Rachel)

Video (Rachel)

Slides (Rowan)

Video (Rowan)

Slides (Katherine & Corinne)

Medicine, structural stigma, and pathologization: A new approach toward studying and fighting weight stigma
  • What can the formal demedicalization of same-sex sexuality tell us about how to eliminate structural weight stigma? A historical case study
    Rowan Hildebrand-Chupp, UC San Diego, USA
  • Stigma in practice: Weight stigma as justification for medical intervention
    Rachel Fox, UC San Diego, USA
  • The challenges of depathologizing fatness in a weight-centered medical school curriculum
    Katherine Gershfeld, Corinne Grady, Quinnipiac University, USA
Slides Weight stigma and sin: discourses of morality women’s weight-loss memoirs
Kathleen Self, St Lawrence University, USA
Slides Weight stigma and the profit motive: How drug companies created BMI categories and turned body size into a disease
Katherine Flegal, Stanford University, USA
Oral Presentations: Theme 5 – Activism and Interventions
Slides Political subjects, subjects of rights: The influence of Trans activism on Argentinean demands for fat depathologisation
Laura Contrera, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Slides “Don’t assume I’m a failed heterosexual”: Negotiating fat lesbian identities and activism in Britain
Carlie Pendleton, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Slides Be Body Positive facilitator training program enhances experience of embodiment, self-compassion, and resilience to weight-based oppression in female undergraduate students in Arab Gulf region: A mixed methods study
Lily O’Hara, Qatar University, Qatar
Slides Why we founded the Interdisciplinary Association for Equity in Health in Denmark
Lene Meyer, Inger Bols, Interdisciplinary Association for Equity in Health in Denmark, Denmark
Slides Weight discrimination: Raising awareness and improving the data situation
Melisa Salazar, Anti-Discrimination Association of Germany, Germany
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