Weight stigma is a negative response to someone based on their weight. It is the fourth most common form of social discrimination amongst adults – after age, gender and race. It is the only form of discrimination still widely deemed to be socially acceptable.
The links below provide more information about weight stigma.
- Facts of the Matter – developed by The Obesity Collective
- The Law: The Australian Human Rights Commission states that obesity can be covered by the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act
- Five unspoken truths about weight stigma. Article in The Conversation.
- Perception of Australians regarding people with obesity. Article in SBS.
- Understanding Obesity Stigma – a brochure developed by OAC and Rudd Centre
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