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Nothing sweet about it: Stigma and living with diabetes

This week I began teaching on online class on poverty and global health. The first assignment was for students to write briefly about their personal experiences with health inequities. The posts were honest, interesting, and many converged on what seemed like the most common recurring theme: the trials of them […]

Gender Norms, Stressful Stigma, and the ‘Critical’ Role of Families.

The Global Impact Collaboratory has had a very busy month. The core team (Roseanne Schuster, Peggy Ochandarena, and me) have been in the West Bank of Palestine working on developing new tools to allow rapid evaluation of social norms around gender-based violence.  Peggy is currently Chief of Party for a USAID human […]

Haiti, Cholera, and the Downhill Flow of Blame

On two visits his year, I have been working out of an office in a beautiful colonial era villa in Petion-ville, Haiti.  From the 2nd floor terrace, I can drink coffee and enjoy the vista of Jalousie, spilling down the steep hillside behind Port-au-Prince. A jumble of bright Carribbean pastels, […]

Food insecurity, depression, and 20-20 hindsight

In a university has large and diverse as some cities, health disparities emerge on campus communities just as they do off campus. I have had the privilege over the last few years to be a collaborator on a large study of diet, exercise,and friendship among undergraduates on the Arizona State […]

Shit shame? Addressing open air defecation in Mozambique

Climate problems may not be the top priority of the incoming US administration. But their effects are pretty darn obvious in places like Paquetequete neighborhood, in northern Mozambique, where the effects of draught, flooding, cyclones, pollution, and disease fully collide.  I just got back from a fascinating visit to this and […]

Welcome to *Beautiful* South Korea!

South Korea is a land of great physical beauty. If you aren’t born with it, you are meant to create it.  Presentation matters here. Photos are part of job applications. “You have lost/gained weight!” is a standard greeting.  According to Project Implicit data, South Koreans have the highest explicit fat-stigma on the […]

The Cutting Edge of Weight Stigma Research

Last weekend I holed up with top scholars who study weight stigma — in lovely B and B in central Vancouver where O’Canada was penned, amid glorious spring weather. The happy group consisted of two sociologists (Ellen Granberg, Deborah Carr), four psychologists (Janet Tomiyama, Brenda Major, Gina Sutin, and Eric Robinson) […]