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(p. 409) Policy Initiatives to Promote Positive Embodiment and Reduce Weight Stigma 

(p. 409) Policy Initiatives to Promote Positive Embodiment and Reduce Weight Stigma
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(p. 409) Policy Initiatives to Promote Positive Embodiment and Reduce Weight Stigma
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Rebecca M. Puhl

, and Mary S. Himmelstein

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190841874.003.0038
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date: 22 October 2020

Weight-based stigma and discrimination exist toward individuals whose body size deviates from stringent societal ideals of thinness. Growing concerns about the prevalence and damaging consequences of weight-based bullying, stigma, and discrimination have led to increasing calls for policy measures to protect people from weight-based prejudice on a broader scale. This chapter reviews policy and legal efforts that have been proposed or implemented to facilitate positive embodiment for youth and adults, including evidence on public attitudes about policies and laws that aim to reduce weight-based bullying and discrimination. In addition, policy initiatives and research evidence in North America, Europe, and other parts of the world are highlighted, including the strengths and limitations of these efforts. Directions for future policy research and advocacy efforts are identified that can improve on existing legal initiatives to promote equitable treatment of individuals of diverse body sizes.

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