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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (6): 1074-1082.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.01074

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Weight stigma: Discrimination and bias against obesity

DUAN Wenjie(), FENG Yu   

  1. Department of Sociology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
  • Received:2017-04-27 Online:2018-06-10 Published:2018-04-28
  • Contact: DUAN Wenjie;


Weight stigma refers to the social stigma to overweight or obese individuals, including discrimination, prejudice and stereotype, which is mainly evaluated by the public and the stigmatized groups themselves. Weight stigma exerts negative and interconnected impacts on individuals’ body, mind and behavior. Currently, there are three main dimensions of weight stigma interventions (i.e., reducing public stigma and conducting physical and psychological intervention on overweight and obese individuals). More theoretical and practical researches in future should be done to reveal the mechanism of effects of weight stigma and develop effective measurements and intervention strategies

Key words: weight, stigma, obesity discrimination, intervention strategy

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