Weight Stigma in Australia

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.

  1. Facts of the Matter – developed by The Obesity Collective
  2. The  Law: The Australian Human Rights Commission states that obesity can be covered by the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act
  3. Five unspoken truths about weight stigma. Article in The Conversation.
  4. Perception of Australians regarding people with obesity. Article in SBS.
  5. Understanding Obesity Stigma – a brochure developed by OAC and Rudd Centre


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