Preventing Weight Stigma in Obesity Prevention Campaigns

The AYAH-RN supported a weight stigma prevention project, led by Bryn Austin, PhD, in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard University. This project pilot tested an on-line adaptation of an in-person training program to teach public health professionals strategies to mitigate weight stigma in obesity prevention campaigns. Participants develop an evidence-based health communication campaign focused on childhood obesity prevention that is attentive to ethical concerns in both its design and evaluation plan. The on-line module has been pilot tested with about 40 medical and public health professionals around the country.  Participants offered very positive feedback and evaluation will guide future course iterations and improvements.

Access the online module on preventing weight stigma here.