Continuing Education

Weight Stigma and the Problem with BMI

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    Dr. A. Janet Tomiyama

    Associate Professor University of California, Los Angeles

    Event: Webinar (via WebEx)
    Date: February 15, 2019
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Cost: Free


    • A. Janet Tomiyama, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and Director of the Dieting, Stress, and Health (DiSH) laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology with minors in Health and Quantitative Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in June of 2009, followed by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar Fellowship jointly at the University of California San Francisco and Berkeley. Her work has been recognized by early career awards from the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Society for Health Psychology. Her research focuses on the biobehavioral and health consequences of stress, dieting, and weight stigma.

    Workshop PowerPoint Slides


    1:00 PM - 1:45 PM – Presentation of Research: Dieting, BMI, Weight Stigma

    • Review the scientific evidence on the effects of dieting.
    • Understand the distinction between health indicators and BMI terminology and criteria.
    • Understand the physical and psychological effects of weight stigma.

    1:45 PM - 2:00 PM – Research Q&A

    2:00 PM - 2:30 PM – Break

    2:30 PM - 3:00 PM – Presentation of Evidence-Based Solutions

    • Review research-based solutions to reduce weight stigma and promote weight inclusivity.
    • Review alternatives to dieting in order to pursue health.

    3:00 PM - 3:30 PM – Small Group Collaboration to Discuss Application of Learning Objectives