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Over two-thirds of the US population is overweight or obese, eliciting a heated dialogue across government, medical, and academic institutions. The discussion of obesity has centered on the negative consequences of an overweight society, from chronic health conditions and decreased life expectancy to rising economic costs. This framing of obesity as a health threat and social burden creates fertile ground for stigma to develop; stigma that itself likely has psychological, social, and medical consequences.

This symposium will examine both causes and consequences of obesity stigma using an interdisciplinary lens, drawing from the fields of psychology, medicine, and sociology. We would like to invite a broad audience from all fields of study, and welcome attendees from institutions beyond UCLA. This event is funded by the UCLA Office of Interdisciplinary & Cross Campus Affairs.

This event is free and open to the public.



Data Blitz:

All students (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to submit to the datablitz!
Submission deadline is Friday, May 16.

Ground Rules:
    (1)     No more than 2 minutes - or you'll be buzzed off stage!
    (2)     Only 2 slides
    (3)     Minimum font size: 28
    (4)     No animations

   


Symposium Speakers:

Dr. Brenda Major
Keynote Speaker


Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara
Website: Self and Social Identity Lab





Dr. A. Janet Tomiyama, Symposium Chair

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles
Website: UCLA DiSH Lab





Dr. Abigail C. Saguy

Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Sociology and of Gender Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
Website: Abigail Saguy





Dr. Wendy Slusser

Co-Founder and Medical Director of the UCLA Fit for Healthy    Weight program
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Pediatrics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Website: UCLA FIT Program



Dr. Robert M. Bilder

Professor
Department of Psychology and of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral    Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles
Website: Robert Bilder



Dr. Tamara Horwich

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Website: Tamara Beth Horwich





Dr. David Frederick

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Chapman University
Website: David Frederick





Dr. May Wang

Associate Professor
Department of Community Health Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Website: May Wang





   

Schedule and Presentations:
(click here to watch the webcast of the event and click on talk titles to view a PDF version of the presentation)

10:00am : Introduction

Dr. Janet Tomiyama, UCLA Department of Psychology

10:15am : The Role of the News Media and Scientific Literature in Promoting Weight Stigma

Dr. Abigail Saguy, UCLA Department of Sociology, author of "What's Wrong With Fat?"

11:00am : Datablitz

Student Presentations

11:30am : Body Dissatisfaction Across Cultures, Sexual Orientations, Genders, and Body Weights

Dr. David Frederick, Chapman University Crean College of Health Sciences

12:00pm : Physiological Consequences of Experiencing Obesity Stigma

Dr. Janet Tomiyama, UCLA Department of Psychology

12:30pm : Lunch and "Bridging Mind and Body: The UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative EatWell and MindWell Programs"

Dr. Wendy Slusser, Director, EatWell Pod
Dr. Robert Bilder, Director, MindWell Pod

  1:30pm : Keynote Address: Stigma, Identity Threat, and Health

Dr. Brenda Major, UCSB Department of Psychology, one of the country's foremost experts on social stigma.

  2:30pm : Implications of the "Obesity Paradox" for Weight Stigma in Healthcare

Dr. Tamara Horwich, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

  3:15pm : Strategies and Advice for Conducting Interdisciplinary Research

A Roundtable with:
Dr. David Frederick, Chapman University
Dr. May Wang, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine











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