Recap: Weight Bias and Stigma in the Media and Public Health Campaigns

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Our event on weight bias and stigma with Dr. Rebecca Puhl from Yale’s Rudd Center on Thursday was a great success! Dr. Puhl addressed topics ranging from the utilization of stigmatizing images in public health campaigns, subsequent research discounting stigma as an effective tactic for addressing obesity and suggestions moving forward as public health professionals on how to avoid and address stigma in our work.  

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FPOP E-Board with Dr. Puhl

One valuable resource she shared with us was the Rudd Center’s new media gallery portraying obese persons in a positive light. Participants also engaged in lively discussions about this hot topic! Stay tuned for future speakers! Our next lunch event will be on May 1st. 

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Weight Bias in News Media and Public Health Campaigns: Are We Fighting Obesity or Obese Persons?

Weight Bias in News Media  and Public Health Campaigns:  Are We Fighting Obesity  or Obese Persons?

Dr. Rebecca Puhl
Director of Research and Weight Stigma Initiatives at The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Thursday March 28th 11:30AM-1 PM
Hess Commons

Weight stigmatization towards obese individuals occurs in many domains of daily living and poses debilitating consequences for psychological wellbeing, social functioning, and physical health. Dr. Puhl will present the current evidence on this important topic, highlighting recent research about the role that weight stigmatization plays in the news media, its damaging presence in public health campaigns, and potential societal-level strategies and policies that could help reduce this pervasive stigma and prejudice.