Weight Bias & Stigma
People who have a higher body weight are vulnerable to stereotypes, bias, bullying, and discrimination in our society. Known as “weight bias” or “weight stigma,” these experiences occur for both children and adults in many aspects of daily life. People face weight discrimination in the workplace, biased attitudes from health care professionals, negative stereotypes in the media, barriers in education, and weight stigma in interpersonal relationships. These stigmatizing experiences are harmful, leading to both immediate and long-term consequences for emotional and physical health, reducing quality of life.
The Rudd Center aims to address weight bias and discrimination through research, education, and advocacy. We’re working to draw attention to weight bias and develop strategies to address this societal problem, by educating and engaging young people, families, teachers, employers, health care professionals, and policymakers.
To effectively address weight bias, efforts are needed in multiple settings throughout our society. Below are informational resources that provide education about weight and strategies to address this problem.