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Diversity in Medicine: Weight Stigma

Welcome! This guide shares resources about Weight Stigma & Weight Bias for the medical field. It provides information specific to healthcare, as well as general background resources to understand Weight Stigma & Weight Bias as a whole within society. 

  • Weight stigma refers to the discriminatory acts and ideologies targeted towards individuals because of their weight and size. Weight bias refers to the negative ideologies associated with obesity. Weight stigma is a result of weight bias. (Source: World Obesity)
  • Sizeism is an alternative term for Weight stigma: it is the discrimination or prejudice directed against people because of their size and especially because of their weight. (Merriam-Webster)
  • Fat Shaming is the act or practice of subjecting someone perceived as fat or overweight to criticism or mockery. (Merriam-Webster)

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Last updated on Aug 10, 2022 12:32 PM