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“Anti-Fat Prejudice Reduction: A Review of Published Studies”, Danielsdottir, Sigrun, O'Brien, Kerry S., and Ciao, Anna
(2010). Source:  Obesity Facts: The European Journal of Obesity 3(1) Prejudice against those who are perceived as ‘fat’ or obese (anti-fat prejudice) is rife, increasing, and associated with negative outcomes for those targeted for such treatment. The present review sought to i . . .

“Anti-Gay Prejudice and All-Cause Mortality Among Heterosexuals in the United States”, Hatzenbuehler, M.L., Bellatorre, A., & Muennig, P.
(2014) - American Journal of Public Health, 104(2), 332-337. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301678 Abstract: Objectives. We determined whether individuals who harbor antigay prejudice experience elevated mortality risk. Methods. Data on heterosexual sexual orientation (n = 20&th . . .

“Coming Out as Fat: Rethinking Stigma”, Saguy, Abigail C. & Ward, Anna
September 2010 - Source: Social Psychology Quarterly   This paper examines the surprising case of women who "come out as fat" to test and refine theories about social change, social mobilization, stigma, and stigma resistance. First, supporting theories about "social movement spill . . .

“Discrimination Often Leads To Declining Physical Health For Obese Individuals”, Fowler, Daniel
March 4, 2011 - Source: The discrimination that obese people feel, whether it is poor service at a restaurant or being treated differently in the workplace, may have a direct impact on their physical health, according to new research from Purdue University. Read Article . . .

“Fighting obesity or obese persons? Public perceptions of obesity-related health messages”, Puhl, R, Peterson, JL, & Luedicke, J
    Puhl, R, Peterson, JL, & Luedicke, J (2012). Fighting obesity or obese persons? Public perceptions of obesity-related health messages.  International Journal of Obesity, (11 September 2012) doi:10.1038/ijo.2012.156 OBJECTIVE: This study examined pub . . .

“Framing messages about weight discrimination: impact on public support for legislation”, Puhl, R., Heuer, C., & Sarda, V.
July, 2010 - Source: International Journal of Obesity (2010) 1–10 Objective: To assess the public support for potential legislation to prohibit weight-based discrimination against obese individuals in the United States, and to examine whether certain message frames about weight discrimina . . .

“Health and health-related quality of life among treatment-seeking overweight and obese adults: associations with internalized weight bias”, Latner, JD, Durso, LE, & Mond, JM
Journal of Eating Disorders 2013, 1:3 doi:10.1186/2050-2974-1-3 Background Weight bias is widespread and has numerous harmful consequences. The internalization of weight bias has been associated with significant psychological impairment. Other forms of discrimination, such . . .

“Implicit and Explicit Anti-Fat Bias among a Large Sample of Medical Doctors by BMI, Race/Ethnicity and Gender”, Sabin, J.A., Marini, M., & Nosek, B.A.
(2012) - Source: PLoS ONE 7(11): e48448. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048448 Overweight patients report weight discrimination in health care settings and subsequent avoidance of routine preventive health care. The purpose of this study was to examine implicit and explicit attitudes about . . .

“Internalization of weight bias: Implications for binge eating and emotional well-being”, Puhl, RM, Moss-Racusin, CA, & Schwartz, MB
    Obesity. 2007 Jan;15(1):19-23.   OBJECTIVE: This study examined the relationship between internalization of negative weight-based stereotypes and indices of eating behaviors and emotional well-being in a sample of overweight and obese women. . . .

“Obesity Stigma: Important Considerations for Public Health”, Puhl, R. M., & Heuer, C. A.
  Stigma and discrimination toward obese persons are pervasive and pose numerous consequences for their psychological and physical health. Despite decades of science documenting weight stigma, its public health implications are widely ignored. Instead, obese persons are blamed for t . . .

“Obesity-associated stigma and physiological markers of stress: evidence from the Dominican Republic”, Muennig, P, & Bench, KK
Stress and Health; 2009 Aug; 25(3): 241–246; doi: 10.1002/smi.1243 Social stigma is increasingly recognized as a cause of stress-induced pathophysiology. We tested the hypothesis that stigma is associated with obesity-related morbidity, using a cohort of subjects from the Domi . . .

“Perceived Weight Discrimination and Obesity”, Sutin, A. R., Terracciano, A.
July 24, 2013 - Source: PLOS ONE |     Weight discrimination is prevalent in American society. Although associated consistently with psychological and economic outcomes, less is known about whether weight discrimination is . . .

“Public Opinion About Laws to Prohibit Weight Discrimination in the United States ”, Puhl, R., & Heuer, C.
(2010) - Obesity, 19(1), 74–82. doi:10.1038/oby.2010.126 Weight discrimination is pervasive in American society and impairs quality of life for obese persons. With approximately two-thirds of Americans now overweight or obese, vast numbers of people are vulnerable to weight prejudice and . . .

“Social Problem Construction and National Context: News Reporting on "Overweight" and "Obesity" in the United States and France”, Saguy, A., Gruys, K., and Gong, S.
December, 2010 - Source: Social Problems, Vol. 57, Issue 4, pp. 586–610 Drawing on analyses of American and French news reports on “overweight” and “obesity,” this article examines how national context including position in a global field of nation states, as well . . .

“The body politic: the relationship between stigma and obesity-associated disease”, Muennig, P
BMC Public Health 2008, 8:128 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-128   Background It is commonly believed that the pathophysiology of obesity arises from adiposity. In this paper, I forward a complementary explanation; this pathophysiology arises not from adiposity alone, b . . .

“The Stigma of Obesity: A Review and Update”, Puhl, R, & Heuer, C
Obesity (2009) doi:10.1038/oby.2008.636 Obese individuals are highly stigmatized and face multiple forms of prejudice and discrimination because of their weight (1,2). The prevalence of weight discrimination in the United States has increased by 66% over the past decade (3), and is comparable . . .

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