Journals, Articles, & Reviews

SHAPE® Center RI and the body acceptance movement is rich in evidence that backs up the value of a weight-neutral approach for ALL size bodies.  This approach is applicable to healthcare, policy, workplace, schools, relationships, wellness programs, governing bodies, and many other places.  Feel free to peruse some selected articles, reviews, journals, etc.

Please read with caution, some/most research is will have triggering information and anti-fat bias.

Dicsusses that obesity trends happened across several groups at the same time in the last 70's making it highly unlikely this is a co-occuring will-power issue.  What is sorely needed is political advocacy and action to disrupt entrenched cycles that maintain poverty and prevent ready access to healthy choices.

The Lancet Journal


This review evaluates and defines two methods of working within patient care and public health: the weight-normative approach and the weight-inclusive approach. Data reveal that the weight-normative approach is not effective for most people and that a weight-inclusive approach is is effective for improving physical (e.g., blood pressure), behavioral (e.g., binge eating), and psychological (e.g., depression) indices, as well as acceptability of public health messages. Therefore, the weight-inclusive approach upholds nonmaleficience and beneficience, whereas the weight-normative approach does not.

Journal of Obesity


A counter intuitive finding is that one of the strongest predictors of weight gain is engagement in weight loss dieting, regardless of the actual body weight of the dieter.  The claim that life expectancy is reduced as a direct result of body weight higher than the ‘normal weight’ BMI category is not supported by large epidemiological studies.



Weight Bias and Obesity Stigma: Considerations for the WHO (European Region)

Obesity stigma involves actions against people with obesity that can cause exclusion and marginalization, and lead to inequities– for example, when people with obesity do not receive adequate health care or when they are discriminated against in the workplace or in educational settings.

This brief was prepared for the WHO Regional Office for Europe by Ximena Ramos Salas , with additional input from Jo

Jewell and João Breda. The technical review on issues relating to gender, equity and rights was provided by Åsa Nihlén and Isabel Yordi, also of the WHO Regional Office for Europe

W. A. Bogart

The Journal of law, medicine & ethics

Global health and the law • spring 2013

Bernice Raveche Garnett • Katherine E. Masyn •
S. Bryn Austin • Matthew Miller • David R. Williams •
Kasisomayajula Viswanath
Received: 12 August 2013 / Accepted: 27 November 2013 / Published online: 8 December 2013
 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

DOI 10.1007/s10964-013-0073-8

Stacy M. Carter, PhD, MPH, Lucie Rychetnik, PhD, MPH, PGradDip Dietetics, Beverley Lloyd, PhD, MPH, Ian H. Kerridge, MPhil, FRACP, FRCPA, Louise Baur, PhD, FRACP, Adrian Bauman, PhD, MPH, FAFPHM, Claire Hooker, PhD, and Avigdor Zask, PhD

March 2011, Vol 101, No. 3 | American Journal of Public Health

The Yale Law Journal: Weight Discrimination: One Size Fits all Remedy?

Lucy Wang

Yale Law School, J.D. expected 2008;

Yale University, B.A. 2005.

Pages 1900- 1944

Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Journal of Obesity
Volume 2014, Article ID 267286, 9 pages

JAbigail C. Saguy, David Frederick, & Kjerstin Gruys
Soc Sci Med. 2014 Jun;111:125-33.

doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.03.026.

Epub 2014 Mar 28.

Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor

Nutrition Journal201110:9

©  Bacon and Aphramor; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011

Angelina R. Sutin  and Antonio Terracciano

Published: July 24, 2013

Patricia V. Roehling

Article in Sex Roles 66(9-10) · May 2011 with 96 Reads

DOI: 10.1007/s11199-011-0059-5

Tarra L. Penney, BSc, MA, and Sara F. L. Kirk, PhD

Framing Health Matters | Peer Reviewed | Penney and Kirk American Journal of Public Health | May 2015, Vol 105, No. 5

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