Weight does not equal health: Postdoc Jeff Hunger quoted in a SELF article

Jeff Hunger, who is a postdoctoral scholar here at the DiSH Lab, recently spoke to SELF magazine about negative stereotypes about weight. The article focuses on an Instagram post by model Ashley Graham that received many weight stigmatizing comments. Specifically, some users were attributing health conditions (e.g., heart disease) to an individual’s weight. Addressing such comments, Jeff had this to say: “They rely on—and perpetuate—negative stereotypes about weight. Weight does not equal health, it’s as simple as that.” Indeed, Jeff worked with Dr. T on a study that concluded BMI (which relies on weight) is not a good measure of health. For more details on this study, check out our previous blog post!