College faculty join global gathering to address weight stigma

Charles bridge, Prague, Czech Republic

Charles bridge, Prague, Czech Republic.

Two faculty from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) travelled in June to the 5th annual Weight Stigma Conference, held in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Presenting research results

Christy GreenleafProfessor Christy Greenleaf, PhD, undergraduate program director for the Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion (ESHP) Unit, presented a paper poster entitled, “’Fat People Exercise Too!’: The Perceptions and Experiences of Women Shopping for Plus-size Exercise Apparel.” The research explored associations between one’s perception of apparel variety, cost, size, fashion and function of apparel, and the affective experience of shopping for and wearing that apparel while exercising.

Lori KlosAssociate Professor Lori A. Klos, PhD, RD, and director of the Nutritional Sciences Program in the Department of Kinesiology, ESHP Unit, presented a paper poster entitled, “The Weight of Words: A Content Analysis of Weight-Related Terminology used in Introductory Nutrition Textbooks.” The research examined the frequency, type and context of weight-related adjectives and identities used to describe higher weight bodies in introductory textbooks for pre-health professional students.

Connecting researchers from around the world

The Weight Stigma Conference is an inter-disciplinary event that brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds, including psychology, medicine, public health, sociology, allied health professions, education, sports and exercise science, social sciences, media studies, business, public policy and law, to consider research, policy, rhetoric and practice around the issue of weight stigma.

Evidenced by the diverse professional and academic backgrounds of the attendees, the Weight Stigma Conference is attractive to researchers and practitioners from many fields from all over the world.

The conference generates alliances and creates connections among researchers around the globe. With a growing focus on understanding and addressing the problem of weight stigma, participants advance discussions about weight stigma beyond just documenting how much of it exists.