Weight stigma, problems with our culture and the biases we carry about higher weight people harms their health. One pathway is through internalized stigma that elevates a person’s worry and anxiety about how they will be treated by the people and the physical spaces in this world (think comfortable seats – or the right to sit!) Founder of the International Weight Stigma Conference, Dr. Angela Meadows and I discuss.
Listen here to Episode 101 here:
Angela Meadows, Ph.D. is a health and social psychologist specializing in the relationship between experienced and internalized weight stigma and health and wellbeing in higher-weight individuals. She is particularly interested in determinants of response to stigma – why some people internalise negative beliefs whereas others resist devaluation. She has published a number of articles and book chapters and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets internationally. She writes on issues around weight and health for print and digital media. In 2013, she founded the Annual International Weight Stigma Conference.
Heads up researchers: There’s a call for papers Current Advances in the Study of Weight Stigma: Applied and Intersectional Lenses for the Journal of Applied Social Psychology until 1/14/2019. Dr. Meadows is a guest co-editor for this project. Be sure to check it out and spread the word.
- Annual International Weight Stigma Conference
- Angela’s Huffington Post articles
- Angela’s articles on The Conversation
- Research study: Relationship between low cardiorespiratory fitness and mortality in normal-weight, overweight, and obese men (JAMA)
- Research study: Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift (Nutrition Journal)