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Prague, 2017

5th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, Prague 2017

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 2018 Weight Stigma Conference Bursary Fund. Thank you.


Suggested citation:

Author (2017). Title. Paper/poster/session presented at 5th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, 6-7 June, Prague, Czech Republic. DOI: [DOIs will be available shortly]

**Presenting authors only listed. For full authorship list, please see conference brochure**



Prof Deborah Lupton
University of Canberra, Australia
Idealised and stigmatised bodies in digital media: New directions for research
 Slides Chevese Underhill-Turner
Binge Eating Disorder Association, USA
Moving past professional differences: Centering the individual’s needs as an approach to eliminating weight bias
 Slides Prof Christian Crandall
University of Kansas, USA
Anti-fat attitudes and the politics of weight stigma
 Slides Weight discrimination, racial and sex discrimination and cardiovascular disease in a national sample of adults in the United States
Prof Carlos Grilo, Yale University, USA
 Slides Changes in weight bias from three to seven years of age: A prospective study in young children
Dr Siân McLean, Victoria University, Australia
 Slides Bridging the physician-patient divide: Do fat patients feel less stigmatized during a health exam if the doctor eases threat of judgment by eating chips and soda?
Emerson Hardebeck, Stanford University, USA
 Slides Crafting weight stigma in slimming classes
Dr Jacqueline O’Toole, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Republic of Ireland
Slides Medical students’ attitudes and patient-centered care for higher weight patients
Dr Sean Phelan, Mayo Clinic, USA
 N/A Intersecting stigma: Motherhood, fatness and diabetes
Dr Jenny Lee, Victoria University, Australia
 Slides Body-positivity versus fat activism: The creation of fat subcultures in reality television
Layla Cameron, Simon Fraser University, Canada
 Slides Body acceptance in rural America
Dr Andrea Bombak, Central Michigan University, USA
 Slides “I admire the body that says ‘I don’t care what I look like’…but don’t go wearing tight tops”: Examining young women’s talk around weight, and the tensions between anti-fat phobia discourse and engaging in hetero-normative (feminine) fat talk
Dr Maxine Woolhouse, Leeds Beckett University, UK
SYMPOSIUM 1. Weight stigma reduction interventions: What works, and what doesn’t
 Slides Busting the body bias: Evaluation of a campus-based anti-fat shaming campaign
Dr Sharon De Joy, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA
 Slides Addressing weight bias in a clinical psychology training program
Dr Paula Brochu, Nova Southeastern University, USA
 N/A A case study of working together to address weight stigma in health sectors
Caitlin O’Reilly, University of British Columbia, Canada
Symposium 2. Legislating against weight stigma: International perspectives
 Slides Weight, stigma and anti-discrimination law
Prof Iyiola Solanke, University of Leeds, UK
 Slides Change the General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG)! Weight discrimination as a legal category in Germany
Stephanie von Liebenstein, Society against Weight Discrimination, Germany
Slides Weight discrimination legislation: Manitoba’s story
Lindsey Mazur RD, University of Manitoba, Canada
SYMPOSIUM 3. Weight stigma and physical activity
 Slides Weight stigma in frequent exercisers: Overt, demeaning, and condescending
Dr Stuart Flint, Leeds Beckett University, UK
 Slides Jocks and fatties: An examination of masculine embodiment and weight stigma in middle school males
Chris Borduas, Memorial University, Canada
Slides Internalised weight stigma diminishes improvements in physical activity outcomes following a healthy living intervention in women with high BMI
Dr Janell Mensinger, Drexel University, USA
Symposium 4. Weight stigma transmission via childhood obesity policies
 Slides Mothering and the NCMP: Intersectional understandings of mothering and childhood body, health and weight management
Sarah Gillborn, Leeds Beckett University, UK
 Slides Parents, public policy and stigma
Sharon Noonan-Gunning, City University London, UK
 Slides The impact of childhood obesity discourses on mothering work for single mothers who live in poverty in Northern Ontario, Canada
Laurel O’Gorman, Laurentian University, Canada
Poster Right, responsibilities, and dilemmas: A critical discourse analysis of women’s engagement with size acceptance messages
Patricia Cain, Murdoch University, Australia
Poster “Fat people exercise too!” The perceptions and experiences of women shopping for plus-size exercise apparel
Christy Greenleaf, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, USA
Poster Weight bias internalization across weight categories in childhood
Anna Zuba, University of Potsdam, Germany
Poster No such good intentions: Reproduction on Spanish media of adipophobic attitudes and beliefs
Nina Navajas-Pertegás, University of Valencia, Spain
Poster Contrition, deviance, and stigma among bariatric surgery patients
Jackson Bensley, Central Michigan University, USA
Poster The weight of words: A content analysis of weight-related terminology in introductory nutrition textbooks
Lori Klos, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, USA
Poster A blatant exposure to weight stigma: Impact on the eating behaviours of overweight people
Lisa Brelet, Clermont Auvergne University, France
Poster Weight bias internalization mediates association between weight overvaluation and depressive symptoms among young adults with overweight and obesity
Vivienne M Hazzard, University of Michigan, USA
Poster Impact of weight-related discrimination, body dissatisfaction and self-stigma on the desire to weigh less
Franziska Jung, University of Leipzig, Germany
Poster Weight bias internalization associated with weight control behaviors but not healthier eating habits
Kendrin R Sonneville, University of Michigan, USA
Poster Overweight perception associated with higher levels of weight-biased attitudes and weight bias internalization
Samantha L Hahn, University of Michigan, USA
Poster Intensive care nurses’ experiences of caring for obese intensive care patients: A hermeneutic study
Nastasja Robstad, University of Agder, Norway
Poster The impact of weight stigma on the healthcare practitioner-patient relationship
Martin Čadek, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Poster Nothing left to lose: Women reducing internalized weight stigma and turning toward Health At Every Size®
Mikalina Kirkpatrick, Portland State University, USA
Poster Overview of the work cycle “Redefining Fat Identity”
Veronika Merklein,, Austria
Weight Matters: Examining issues of weight bias in eating disorder research methodologies and treatment contexts
Erin Harrop, University of Washington, USA, Andrea LaMarre, University of Guelph, Canada, Dr Jennifer Henretty & Jamie Atkins RD, Center for Discovery, USA
Experiments, interventions, and strategies: Generating new approaches to weight stigma research
Trish Cain, Murdoch University, Australia
Fat studies and fat activism in Germany: Bridging divides between identity politics and ideological intent
Dr Friedrich Schorb, University of Bremen, Natalie Rosenke, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Not too long, not too short, but just write: Structure, style, and persuasion – a writing masterclass for students
Angela Meadows, University of Birmingham, UK
Sharing experiences to combat weight stigma in public health: Policy and practice lessons from scholars, health practitioners, and activists
Dr Emily Porth, University of Surrey, UK
The process of stigma in society
Christina Fleetwood, HOBS, Sweden
N of 1: New strategies for fighting weight stigma
Harriet Brown, Syracuse University, USA
Reproducing stigma: Exploring weight stigma in pregnancy care
Andrea LaMarre, University of Guelph, Canada

Prize winners

Best oral presentation: Emerson Hardebeck, Stanford University, USA
Runners up: Jenny Lee, Victoria University, Australia; Stephanie von Leibenstein, Society Against Weight Discrimination, Germany
Best poster presentation: Veronika Merklein, Austria


We’d like to thank Routledge for donating a copy of “The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, ethics and healthy choices” by Chris Mayes to be awarded as the Best Oral Presentation prize.

Thank you to all of the sponsors of the 2017 Weight Stigma Conference. The event wouldn’t have been possible without them, so please give them your support.

We’d also like to extend our thanks to all of the individual sponsors who contributed to the conference bursary fund, which enabled several individuals to attend the conference who wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.


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