Presenter:Angela Lambert

Theme: Mental Health

Institution: University of Calgary

Description: Weight stigma, the devaluation of individuals perceived to be overweight, is often socially justified due to the negative physical health consequences linked to obesity. However, weight stigma acts as a burden on the health and wellbeing of individuals living in large bodies and presents an obstacle to obesity interventions. In this presentation I will discuss the harmful effects of weight stigma on individuals who view themselves as living in a large body, the different academic perspectives that frame weight and weight stigma, and the impact low body image can have on eating and exercise behaviours for individuals of any size.