10th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

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London, 2019

Unlike many conferences, our content is available free of charge to non-delegates. The Weight Stigma Conference is a not-for-profit conference, but we do try and raise money for our annual bursary fund, which allows us to provide financial assistance to individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend. We would be very grateful if you would make a small donation to the 2020 Weight Stigma Conference Bursary Fund. Thank you.


Suggested citation:

Author (2019). Title. Paper/poster/session presented at 7th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, 27-28 June, London, Ontario, Canada. DOI: 10.31076/2019.xxx

Prize winners:

Best poster presentation: Alice Shen, Western University, Canada; Kelley Borton & Samantha Hahn, University of Michigan, USA.


Thank you to all of the sponsors of the 2019 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.


Slides Dr Jennifer Gaudiani
Founder & Medical Director, The Gaudiani Clinic
Weight-Inclusive Medical Care in those with Eating Disorders and Beyond: The Only Way Forward
N/A Dr Amy Farrell
Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Dickinson College
Searching for the Roots of Fat Stigma: Race, Gender, and the Degenerate Woman
N/A Dr Jill Andrew
Member of Provincial Parliament, Toronto-St Paul’s, Ontario
Let’s End Size and Appearance-Based Discrimination
Symposium: Weight Stigma and Eating Disorders
The effect of anti-fat messages on symptom severity and treatment outcomes in eating disorder patients entering higher levels of care
Janell Mensinger, Drexel University; Shelbi Cox, Jennifer Henretty, Center for Discovery
Slides Consulting the oracle: Using the Delphi method to develop expert consensus on how to address weight stigma in public health research and practice
Katelyn Ferreira, Laura Hart, Suman Ambwani, Erin Gibson, S. Bryn Austin, STRIPED, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Slides A weight stigma psychotherapy group at an eating disorder partial hospitalization program
Lisa May Brownstone, Maggie Jasper, Eating Disorder Care of Denver
N/A Toward a holistic framework of eating- and weight-related behaviour: Implications for public health intervention and weight stigma
Amanda Raffoul, Sharon Kirkpatrick, University of Waterloo
Symposium: Fat in the Classroom
Slides Raising awareness of weight stigma and fat activism in university students
Laurie Cooper Stoll, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Slides Applying the attribution-value model of prejudice in fat pedagogy
Paula Brochu, Nova Southeastern University
Slides Developing weight stigma resistance: Fat studies and emerging fat activism identity in a weight-diverse sample
Angela Meadows, University of Exeter, Laurie Cooper Stoll, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, Paula Brochu, Nova Southeastern University
Guiding doctoral students in exploring their own weight stigma using evaluation, exploration, and contradictory information
Wendy Dragon, Julie Williams, Wright State University
Symposium: Embodied fatness and the lived experience
Slides Re(visioning) fat fem(me)ninities: Queer femmes experiences of fat gender
Allison Taylor, York University
Slides Weight-related stigma and low income rural women of higher weights from the midwestern United States
Katherine Hughes, Central Michigan University, Andrea Bombak, Declan Watson, University of New Brunswick, Samuel Ankomah, Central Michigan University
Infinifatshion, infinifat identity and the impact of anti-fat bias in the fashion industry
Calla Evans, Ryerson University
Body relationship and the fat female experience
Katie McCrindle, McMaster University
(Re)framing fatness: Using arts-based research to disrupt depictions of fat bodies
Lauren Munro, Wilfrid Laurier University
Symposium: Weight stigma: The Canadian context
Slides & Paper Ethical issues in biomedical weight stigma reduction efforts
Kat Huybregts, Carleton University
Update on Weight Discrimination Human Rights Law #SizeismSUCKS
Lindsey Mazur, University of Manitoba
Slides Overhauling our approach to weight in public health
Amy MacDonald, Huron County Health Unit, Clinton, Ontario
Conceptualizing the intergenerational nature of weight-based stigma: A theory-based analysis of ParticipACTION and Canada Fitness
Katie Cook, Wilfrid Laurier University
(un)modified bodies: A roundtable discussion on the intersections between fat and trans studies
Lauren Munro, Wilfrid Laurier University; Tobias Wiggins, York University; Jake Pyne, University of Guelph
Moving the dial on anti-fat stigmatization: A workshop to collectively identify influences for future multi-level interventions
Patricia Thille, Lindsey Mazur, University of Manitoba
Internalized weight stigma – Mitigating how it impacts access to effective care
Julie Sweeney, private practice, Quinte, Ontario
Get your word heard. How to successfully work with the media
Rebecca Scritchfield, Body Kindness, Carrie Dennett, Nutrition by Carrie
Shifting the focus: Changing (internalized) weight stigma by reframing fat tissue
Mäks Roßmöller, somatic therapist, Berlin
Slides Facing failure: Owning mistakes in weight stigma, eating disorders, and body image research
Andrea LaMarre, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact
Slides Weight stigma: A misdirection tool for social policy makers
Nancy Ellis Ordway, private practice, Jefferson City, Missouri
Bodies on Screen: Merging Fat Activism with Feminist Documentary Film-making
Layla Cameron, Simon Fraser University
Weight stigma from primary care providers towards fat individuals with eating disorders: A review of the literature
Erin Chatten, Misty M Mann, Midwestern University
Poster Helpful or harmful? A qualitative analysis of perceptions of body positivity on social media among young adults
Kelley Borton, Samantha Hahn, Kelsey L Rose, Mikayla R Barry, Kendrin R Sonneville, University of Michigan
Poster Adolescent “obesity” and academic achievement: A cross-sectional analysis of the COMPASS study
Maram Livermore, Karen A Patte, Brock University; Scott T Leatherdale, University of Waterloo
Poster Using compassion to target internalized weight bias: A pilot study for women diagnosed with mood disorders
Eva Pila, Western University; Valerie Taylor, University of Calgary; Sean Wharton, Wharton Medical Clinic, Burlington
Poster Negative attitudes towards obesity in nutrition students: Examining associations with eating pathology and the student social network
K Jean Forney, Ohio University; Teresa Schwendler, Marie Ward, Miami University
Transitioning to university: Effects on weight stigma
Sharon DeJoy, Whitney Katirai, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Exiting stigma: Weight stigma and counseling clients following bariatric weight-loss
Crystal Hahn, University of Texas at San Antonio
Poster Weight bias internalization and embodiment among physically active women
Christy Greenleaf, Lori Klos, Natalie Ramsey, Gretchen Paulson, Alexandra Rodriguez, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Poster Exploring the methodological quality and psychometric properties of self-reported weight-stigma measures: A systematic literature review
Stephanie Papadopoulos, Leah Brennan, Xochitl De La Piedad Garcia, Australian Catholic University
Poster Internalized appearance beliefs and dysfunctional eating and exercise in university students: The moderating role of self-concept clarity
Alice Shen, Maggie Head, Rachel Calogero, Western University
Poster Self-compassion as a buffer against body checking: A multiple mediation model
Katarina Huellemann, Rachel Calogero, Western University
Poster A survey of approaches to reducing weight stigma amongst healthcare professionals
Rina Huo, University of Toronto; Camilla Zienkiewicz, University of Waterloo; Salima Sharif, Sara Martel, Chelsea D’Silva, Ian Zenlea, Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga
Poster Gender performance of higher-weight individuals: A literature review
Kiki Fornero, Dena Hassouneh, Oregon Health and Science University
Weight stigma in perinatal dietetic care: Perspectives of fat women and dietitians
Lindsey Mazur, University of Manitoba
N/A (In)Visible: An experimental investigation of eating disorder detection as a function of marginalized group status in female targets
Maggie L Head, Rachel Calogero, Western University
Poster Weight stigma and women’s romantic relationships: Do body mass and weight bias internalization predict the quality of women’s romantic relationships?
Ruth H Cohn, David H Peterzell, John F Kennedy University