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Addressing anti-fat stigma in physiotherapy

Public, Undergraduate students, Postgraduate students, Staff, Allied health professionals
Event type
Seminar, Online
School of Physiotherapy

As physiotherapists, promoting physical activity is core to much of our work. Yet physical activity is deeply tied up in the beliefs that underpin anti-fat stigma. These beliefs include the assumption that body weight and composition is a straightforward reflection of lifestyle, and that all bodies can be safely made thin through disciplined eating and exercise.

This seminar will introduce anti-fat stigma, why it matters in physiotherapy, and discuss strategies to disrupt anti-fat stigma in practice.

Dr Patty Thille

Dr Thille uses social scientific theories and qualitative methodologies to study how we deliver health services and educate health professionals. A core emphasis of her work is addressing inequities - avoidable disparities in health that exist due to stigmatization and discriminatory practices and policies.

Her focus is on primary care, rehabilitative practice, and chronic disease management.

Patty Thille – University of Manitoba

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