8th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

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Programme 2022

NOTE: Please note that our conference programme is subject to change at any point before or during the conference itself. We are unable to accept responsibility for changes made that are outside of our control.

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

Day 1
8:00-9:00 Registration and Refreshments
9:00-9:30 OPENING ADDRESS
9:30-10:30 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
10:30-10:45 Comfort break
10:45-12:00 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
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
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 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
14:30-14:45 Comfort break
14:45-15:45 Breakout Sessions 1
‘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
Self-defence against diet-culture doctors
Dorothee Jankuhn, Larger Living Coaching, Germany
15:45-16:15 Refreshment break
16:15-17:15 Breakout Sessions 2
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
“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
17:15-17:30 Comfort break
17:30–18:30 Keynote Speaker
Dr Asher Larmie
General Practitioner and Activist ‘The Fat Doctor’
Trust me, I’m a doctor: The untold harms of medical weight stigma
18:30-20:00 Poster Session and Reception
Day 2
8:30-9:00 Refreshments
9:00-10:00 Keynote Speaker
Dr Hannele Harjunen
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Fat bodies as anti-neoliberal bodies
10:00-10:15 Comfort break
10:15-11:30 Oral Presentations: Theme 3 – Everyday Weight Stigma
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
11:30-11:45 Comfort break
11.45-12:45 Breakout Sessions 3
Fat embodiment as birthright
Mäks Roßmöller, Therapist, Somatic Practitioner, Germany
Muse: An experiment in storytelling and life drawing
Cameryn Moore, Performer/Playwright, Germany
12:45-14:15 Lunch
14:15-15:30 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
15:30-15:45 Comfort break
15:45-16:45 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
16:45-17:00 Close and Prizes
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