A new learning hub dedicated to challenging weight stigma has launched on Public Health Scotland’s (PHS) virtual learning platform.

The hub is an evidence based online resource, aimed at increasing awareness of weight stigma and the impact it has on individuals, as well as identifying actions that can be taken to address it.

It has been informed by people with lived experience of higher weight and weight stigma, who share how their lives have been affected by bias and discrimination based on body weight and size.

Aimed primarily at those who work in health and social care, public sector, third sector and community-based organisations; the hub provides content in sections with animations, video and support to take the learning into practice.

Dr Richmond Davies, Head of Health, Wellbeing & Social Care at PHS, said:

“The evidence is very clear that weight stigma damages health and creates barriers to accessing services.

“By developing this hub, we want to introduce approaches and guidance that not only address the stigma, but improve outcomes for people living with higher weight.

“Challenging stereotypes and driving down inequalities is key to improving the health and wellbeing of everyone in Scotland”.

Find out more and access the Challenging Weight Stigma hub.

Last updated: 06 October 2022