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Vancouver, 2016

4th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, Vancouver 2016


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Author (2016). Title. Paper/poster/session presented at 4th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, 29-30 April, Vancouver, Canada.

 Slides Prof Jolanda Jetten 
University of Queensland, Australia
When discrimination is considered legitimate and the path to illegitimacy
Kevin Lindsey, JD 
Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Rights
Beyond ‘Obesity’: Navigating Disability and Discrimination Laws
Marilyn Wann 
Activist Extraordinaire
Defending health and human rights from weight stigma
 Slides Healthcare Encounters and Priorities of Persons Labeled ‘Obese’
Andrea Bombak, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
 Slides The pursuit of weight loss: Health behaviour or risk factor?
Sandra Gotovac & Kathryn Lafreniere, Applied Social Psychology, University of Windsor
 Slides Weighted Conversations: A therapeutic response to weight stigma in an out patient setting
Erin Harrison & Tina Rader, Integrated Health Network, Island Health, Canada
 N/A Stigma in Obstetrical Care at Both Ends of The Weight Spectrum: Does it affect outcome
Leora Pinhas & Melanie Stuckey, Adolescent Eating Disorders Unit, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and University of Toronto
 Slides Addressing Weight Stigma in a Clinical Setting: A Qualitative Study
Erin Cameron & Erin McGowan, School of Human Kinetics & Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Pam Ward, Center for Nursing Studies, Eastern Health, Canada
 Slides Software solutions to navigate the complexity of policies and interventions targeting weight stigma
Philippe J. Giabbanelli, Department of Computer Science, Northern Illinois University, USA
 Slides Stigma in weigh bias assessment tools: Review and recommendations for a critical approach to quantification
Patricia Cain, School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University, Australia
 Slides Preaching to the converted: Can we really teach empathy?
Angela Meadows and Suzanne Higgs, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK, Sean Phelan, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, USA
 Slides Keep Calm and Love Your Curves: Examining Women’s Experiences With Weight Stigma Management Strategies Regarding Body Size
Joy Cox, Department of Communication, Rutgers University, USA
 Slides Everyday indignities: Using the microaggressions framework to understand weight stigma
Lauren Munro, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
 Poster Perceptions of victim weight in cases of sexual violence
Alexandra M Zidenberg, Dept of Psychology, Laurentian University, Ontaria; Sara Lidstone, Dept of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa; Leigh Harkins, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario
 Poster Incorporating weight stigma messaging into a physician-targeted webinar presentation on a plate-based healthy eating resource
Réka Gustafson, Gerry Kasten, Megan Oakey, Rani Wangsawidjaya, Vancouver Coastal Health, British Columbia
 Poster Sharing their stories: A qualitative study exploring the experiences of bariatric patients with weight stigma
Erin Cameron, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation; Holly Foley and Laurie Twells, Faculty of Medicine; Julia Temple Newhook, Janeway Paediatric Research Unit; Memorial University of Newfoundland
 N/A Introducing a HAES(R) approach to a family practice: An example of weight stigma in healthcare
Julie Seale, South Eat Toronto Family Health Team, Ontario
 Poster Thin privilege: Recognition and reactions
Madison R Gerber, Lia C Bauman, Hellen H D Pham, Katy L. Krieger, Patti Watkins; Women, Weight and Body Image Lab, School of Psychological Science, Oregon State University, USA
 Poster Unravelling obesity and fat discourse: A thematic analysis of online social and news media commentary
Patricia Cain, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
 N/A Masculine embodiment and obesity stigma in physical education: A literature review
Chris Borduas, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland
BV brochure

BV info sheet

King slides

O’Reilly slides

SYMPOSIUM: BalancedView: Addressing Weight Bias & Stigma in Healthcare

  • Reflecting on the development of Balanced View: A resource to address weight bias and stigma in healthcare
    King, Balanced View team
  • Local flavour: Two patients’ voices from a new BC-based weight stigma programme
    Carmen Ellison, Writer, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, & Lucas Crawford, Dept of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, SFU
  • When healthcare providers are resistant to anti-weight bias interventions
    O’Reilly, Balanced View team
  • A long-term evaluation of Balanced View and its utility in addressing weight bias and stigma in healthcare
    Korf-Uzan, Balanced View team 

Balanced View team: Caitlin O’Reilly, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia; Judith Sixsmith, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University; Charlene King, Kim Korf-Uzan, and Kiera Bailey, Provincial Health Services Authority

 N/A Education/Health Stream
WORKSHOP: Reducing weight stigma among healthcare students
Cynthia Smith, Camosun College
 Slides Activism Stream
WORKSHOP: Walking with SWAG (Sizeism Weightism Advocacy Group): Examining the challenges and successes facing a student-led sizeism advocacy group
Erin Harrop, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
 Slides Research Stream
WORKSHOP: Weight stigma visibility through publishing
Esther Rothblum, Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, CA, USA
Slides Health Stream
SYMPOSIUM: The (Fat) Elephant in the room: Taking on weight stigma in the eating disorder field

  • “But will I get fat?” Assumptions about weight and size in eating disorder discourse
  • Whose size matters? Therapist and researcher body size in participant and client interactions
  • Moving forward: Honouring body diversity in eating disorder prevention, research, and practice

Andrea LaMarre, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph; Carmen Cool, private practice, CO, USA carmencool.com; Hilary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant, Be Nourished, OR, USA benourished.org

 N/A Embodiment Stream
CLASS: Big Love Yoga: An iconoclastic view of yoga
Alex van Frank, San Diego, yogaglo.com
 Slides Education Stream
WORKSHOP: Empathy as a Remedy for Stigma: A Social Perspective
Pattie Thomas, College of Southern Nevada, NV, USA


Health Stream
WORKSHOP: Moving from weight to well-being: Challenges, strategies, and solutions
Paula M Brochu, Nova Southeastern University, Danu Anthony Stinson, University of Victoria, Christine Logel, University of Waterloo
 N/A Activism Stream
WORKSHOP:Why fat oppression? How anti-fat bias serves the kyriarchy
Kalamity Hildebrandt, Fat Panic! Vancouver and Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
 N/A Embodiment Stream
WORKSHOP: Reclaiming the unruly feminine: An archetypal approach to internalised weight stigma
Rachel Dhanya Smith, Private practice, CO, USA imaginativecounseling.com
 Slides  Weapons of mass distraction in teaching Fat Studies: “But aren’t they unhealthy? And why can’t they just lose weight?”
Prof Esther Rothblum, Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, CA, USA
Cameron slides

Watkins slides


Education Stream
SYMPOSIUM: Fat pedagogy: Challenging weight stigma through critical education

  • Weight stigma reduction in schools and universities: An overview
    Chris Borduas, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University
  • Promoting physical activity for everyBODY
    Angela Alberga, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
  • A Fat Studies class reduces weight stigma among college students
    Patti Watkins, School of Psychological Science, Oregon State University, USA
  • A developing Fat Pedagogy and Fat Manifesto!
    Erin Cameron, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University
 N/A Activism StreamYay scale readout
WORKSHOP: Make your own Yay! Scale (small fee)
Marilyn Wann
 N/A Health Stream
WORKSHOP: Seek first to understand
Ruth Leach, EMSAH, University of Queensland, QLD, Australia
N/A Embodiment Stream

  • Body Talk: Using creativity to listen to your body and enhance self-worth
    Mercedes Baines, Private practice, Vancouver, BC mindinbody.ca
  • Towards reducing weight stigma using theatre
    Graham W Lea, National Institute of Education/Nanyang Technological University; Caitlin O’Reilly, University of British Columbia

Prize winners

Best oral presentation: Lauren Munro, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Best poster presentation: Patricia Cain, Murdoch University; Gerry Kasten, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver, BC, Canada


We’d like to thank Palgrave Macmillan UK for donating a copy of “Fat Bodies, Health and the Media” by Jayne Raisborough to be awarded as the Best Oral Presentation prize.

Thank you to all of the sponsors of the 2016 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.