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Call for Papers: 6th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference


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The 6th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference is being held in Leeds, UK on 18–19 June, 2018. 

We are now accepting abstracts for oral presentations and posters, as well as session proposals including brief symposia, round tables, debates, and workshops. We are also interested in non-traditional submissions (e.g., media, performance, art). For more information about the conference, please the conference website

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

The 2018 Weight Stigma Conference theme is dedicated to the topic of weight stigma in public health. Public health policy and campaigns have the potential to promote health and well-being for all. However, in recent years, some policies and campaigns have been criticised as misguided, conflating health with body size, inappropriately singling out higher-weight people, or using blatantly stigmatising imagery. The goal of the conference will be to provide an opportunity for critical discussion about current practices and to seek strategies that will ultimately improve the development of equitable public health policies and campaigns.

Submission deadlines:

  • Symposia, workshops, and other sessions: 09 February
  • Oral presentations: 23 February
  • Poster presentations: 30th March (poster decisions will be made on a rolling basis)

For more information and to submit an abstract, please click here

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