Weight Bias & Stigma > Tools for Researchers

Part of our mission is to support the work of researchers investigating weight bias. Below, we provide a number of downloadable measures that may be used in studies assessing weight bias and intervention effectiveness. The citation information is listed on the measures.


The Implicit Associations Test is a timed, word categorization task that we use both in research and clinical presentations.  The tests are designed to measure implicit attitudes towards obesity.  A full description of the IAT can be found in our publications using this measure (see Teachman & Brownell, 2001).
The IAT has been used extensively in the field of social psychology.  The following versions of the IAT were developed by our group and may be used by other researchers.

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To take the Weight Implicit Association Test, go to Project Implicit at https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit. Register for the Project Implicit Social Attitudes tests, and click on Weight IAT.

There are other measures that can be used to assess weight bias and negative attitudes toward individuals with obesity. If you are doing research in this area, you may want to consult these examples of published self-report measures.


Assessing Weight Bias with Validated Measures
If you have additional questions about measurement of weight bias, please contact us with your question, and we will do our best to help.