You probably have heard of different forms of social bias: racism, ageism, sexism…but you may not have considered another population that often is a target of discrimination. Weight bias refers to negative attitudes and views about obesity and towards people with obesity. Weight bias can lead to other negative consequences, such as stigma and discrimination. Weight stigma refers to stereotypes and misconceptions about people with obesity. Weight discrimination refers to the actions of treating people with obesity unfairly leading to inequities.

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July 2022