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Interventions to Reduce Weight Stigma and Associated Behaviours

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Weight stigma and discrimination is pervasive. There are copious reports from across the world of stereotypical attitudes and discriminatory practices that ultimately mean the rights of people with obesity have been undermined. People with obesity report experiences of weight stigma almost daily across a ...

Weight stigma and discrimination is pervasive. There are copious reports from across the world of stereotypical attitudes and discriminatory practices that ultimately mean the rights of people with obesity have been undermined. People with obesity report experiences of weight stigma almost daily across a range of settings including healthcare, workplaces, and education settings.

The increasing reports of weight stigma and discrimination is concerning given the associations between experiences of weight stigma and mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety, but also physical health concerns such as cardio-metabolic risk factors. People typically respond maladaptively to experiences of stigma and discrimination, and as such, interventions to reduce experiences of weight stigma and discrimination is warranted.

The accumulation of evidence, and thus recognition of the impact of weight stigma and discrimination, has led to health authorties, policy makers and other, reporting on the widespread nature of weight stigma and discrimiantion, the associated implications for the public and patients who may experience weight stigma and discrimination, and calls for interventions. Despite the clear need for effective interventions to reduce stigmatising attiudes, behaviours, and discriminatory practices, to date, there continues to be a paucity of efforts to interevene, of those, a lack of effective interventions. Interventions to reduce weight stigma and discrimination must be a priority given the potential implications as evidenced previously.

We encourage submissions to this Research Topic that seek to intervene with stigmatising attitudes and behaviours, as well as associated outcomes including discriminatory behaviours and practice. Sample topics include the impact of weight stigma interventions on physical and mental health outcomes, patient engagement in health services, service access and adherence, and impacts on educational and work-related outcomes. We particularly welcome multidisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary research that focuses on patient and public experiences, health outcomes and research that identifies the mechanisms by which weight stigma and discrimination can be reduced.

The aim of this Research Topic is to gather the most recent research findings from experts in the field to evidence inteventions to reduce weight stigma and discriminatory practice. To achieve this aim, this Research Topic will feature research that advances current knowledge of the interventions to reduce weight stigma and discrimination. Submissions of empirical, theoretical, methodological, opinion pieces and commentaries are welcome.


Keywords: Weight Stigma, Weight Bias, Obesity, Fat, Discrimination


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