Andrew Hill is Professor of Medical Psychology, Head of the Academic Unit of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences at Leeds University School of Medicine. Andrew was Chairman of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity from 1999-2002 and is currently a member of the UK Department of Health's Obesity Review Group. He has been involved in several national and international initiatives on obesity and has research collaborations in the UK and Australia, particularly in the area of child obesity. Over the last 25 years or so his research interests have ranged from human appetite conrol to the development of weight and shape concerns in children, and the variety of psychological issues inherent in obesity and eating disorders.
What Impact Does Obesity Stigma Have on the Mangement of Obestity?
There is increasing recognition of the extent of anti-fat attitudes and how commonly they are experienced by people with obesity. There are sectors of the public and health professions that argue for their justification. This presentation will challenge these arguments and will look to how stigma and personal responsibility may be resolved. The presentation will also include research on the emergence of weight bias, focusing on studies of very young children's attitudes to fatness and understanding of weight change.