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Rudd Center Releases Videos on Weight Bias

Posted Feb 02 2009 11:39pm

by Rebecca Puhl

At the Rudd Center we often get contacted by people (like teachers, parents, health professionals, researchers) across North America who want to learn more about weight bias and what steps they can take to inform and educate others about this problem. Frequently, we’re asked if there are any educational videos that exist on weight bias that can be used to increase public awareness. While a few videos have surfaced over the past decade, most are outdated and difficult to obtain. So, in response to the many requests that we’ve received, and in line with our mission to bring attention to (and ultimately eliminate!) this pervasive prejudice, the Rudd Center has created, and recently released, two new educational videos on weight bias. Both are available for free download on our homepage and on YouTube. Both videos are hosted by celebrity and activist Emme and feature Rudd Center faculty, and use expert commentary and dramatic representation to address the obstacles that overweight and obese individuals encounter with weight bias.

The first video aims to help parents and teachers understand the severity and impacts of weight bias toward youth in school and at home. This video also presents strategies to help combat this rapidly growing problem for overweight teens and pre-adolescents.

The second video aims to increase awareness of bias and stigma that overweight and obese patients encounter in health care. This video also highlights a range of practical strategies to help providers reduce bias in their clinical practice, and to optimize the health care experience for their overweight and obese patients.

We hope that these free resources will help increase public attention and stimulate needed discussions about weight bias and its consequences for those affected, and help communicate the important message that this form of prejudice is wrong, unfair, and impairs quality of life.

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