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Weight Bias: Nature, Consequences and Remedies

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2007 - Spring


by Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D., professor of psychology and epidemiology, Rebecca M. Puhl, Ph.D., Marlene B. Schwartz, Ph.D., and Leslie Rudd (The Guilford Press) The authors explore the nature, causes and consequences of weight bias and present a range of approaches to combat it. They discuss topics including the barriers facing obese adults and children in health care, work and school settings; theories on how stigma develops; the impact on self-esteem and health; and strategies for reducing prejudice and bringing about systemic change.