Following on from our roundtable event ’Weight Stigma in Healthcare’, we’ve pulled together some of the key resources and references discussed within the roundtable. If you missed the live webinar, you can watch the recording.


Obesity: identification, assessment and management (2022). National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Recently updated guidelines by NICE

Eliminating weight stigma – guidelines for BDA communications. (2021). British Dietetic Association (BDA). Guidelines accessible for BDA members

The current landscape of obesity services (2018). All Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity. A report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity


Pervasiveness, impact and implications of weight stigma; considerations for policy (2022) Brown, A. et al. Health policy review – an analysis of the research evidence highlighting the widespread nature of weight stigma, its impact on health policy and the need for action at a policy level

Our language has not always been right and this is how we are looking to change: Stigma and inequality in nutrition research reporting (2022). Mellor D et al. How language needs to be changed within nutrition research

Effective strategies in ending weight stigma in healthcare (2022). Brown A. et al. Review which identified strategies for minimizing weight bias among healthcare professionals and explore future research directions

Preferences and emotional response to weight-related terminology used by healthcare professionals to describe body weight (2021). Brown, A & Flint, S.W. Insight into the preferred terminology and emotional responses to terminology used by HCPs for both adults and parents to describe their children’s weight

The obesity wars and the education of a researcher: A personal account (2021). Flegal K M. The challenges that were faced when publishing a scientific article around obesity

Healthy Lifestyle Habits and Mortality in Overweight and Obese Individuals (2021). Matheson et al. Healhy lifestyle habits were found to be associated with a significant decrease in mortality regardless of baseline body mass index

What words should we use to talk about weight? A systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies examining preferences for weight-related terminology (2020). Puhl, RM. Systematic review of 33 studies (23 quantitative, 10 qualitative) that examined people’s preferences for weight-related terminology

Discussing Weight With Patients With Overweight (2020). Hayward et al. Supportive (Not Stigmatizing) Conversations Increase Compliance Intentions and Health Motivation

An evidence-based rationale for adopting weight-inclusive health policy (2020). JM Hunger et al. Review of literature into review into the current weight-focused approach

Slim chance for permanent weight loss (2018). ED Rothblum. Review into some methodological issues in the weight loss literature – provides some possible reasons why psychologists continue to uphold the conventional wisdom that permanent weight loss is possible

What’s wrong with the ‘War on Obesity? (2018). L O’Hara & J Taylor. Qualitative content analysis of the literature into the weight-cantered health paradigm (WCHP)

Weight Labeling and Obesity (2014). Hunger & Tomiyama. Study into whether weight labeling during childhood was related to the likelihood of having an obese body mass index (BMI) nearly a decade later

Validity of claims made in weight management research: A narrative review of dietetic articles (2010). L Aphramor. A narrative literature review of journal articles in The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics from 2004 to 2008 on weight management research.

Medicare’s search for effective obesity treatments (2007). T Mann, et al. Review of studies into the long-term outcomes of calorie-restricting diets to assess whether dieting is an effective treatment for obesity

Relationship between low cardiorespiratory fitness and mortality in normal-weight, overweight, and obese men (1999). Wei M et al. Relationship between fitness and fatness


Challenging weight stigma in everything we publish (2020). BDA. Article around the new communications guidelines

Language Matters: Obesity (2020). Obesity UK. Resource for healthcare professionals around improving language

Nutriri’s Weight Neutral Patient Activation Card Nutriti. UK specific Weight Neutral Patient Activation card

Weight Neutral Language Swaps. Nutriti. Language swaps suggestions

Weight Stigma Mindmap. Nutriri. The mindmap used within the webinar, password: MyNutriWeb

Poodle Science The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) – Youtube video exposing the limitations of current research on weight and health

Weight Stigma Resource Hub. Food Active. Collection of Food Active’s existing materials and signposting to other excellent organisations and resources to help tackle weight stigma


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Understanding Weight Stigma and How to Combat It (2022).  Blog post by Juliette Kellow