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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) […]

Fear of Flying

I am currently on a long-haul flight ON business. But not IN business. (I work at a public university, after all.) Accordingly, my 20 hour trip was spent mostly in a 16.5 inch wide seat. But I am NOT complaining. It gives me a physical way to reflect on some […]

Fat Stigma: The View from my Office Window

My office windows look out across the two main campus pedestrian malls of the largest and most diverse research university in the US. Every day, thousands upon thousands of people of all shapes and sizes stroll past. With more than 85,000 immersion students, the university population exceeds that of some small countries (including […]

Big Change Starts Wrong: New Zealand Tackles Childhood Obesity

As an expatriate Kiwi, I keep up to speed on happenings down-under by reading the New Zealand Herald. As articles like this one show, obesity has shot up the list of national health priorities, and has become an increasingly panicked topic. With the third highest rates of childhood obesity in the […]