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Ethics, Equity, and Risk for Higher Weight People


Health inequities exist for higher weight people in public health emergencies such as COVID-19. Reports indicate a higher risk of COVID-19 acquisition, poorer health outcomes, and rationing of care for higher weight people. Anti-fat stigma is strong in mass media, and weight-gain memes are viral on social media. The Working Group will critically analyze these issues from evidentiary, equity, and ethics perspectives.

Working Group Lead

Lesley Gray, University of Otago

Working Group Members

Louise Adams, Independent Clinical Psychologist
Max Airborne, Independent Fat Activist
Angela Ballantyne, National University of Singapore
Jess Campbell, University of Otago
Ash Gillon, University of Auckland
Angela Meadows, Western University
Lily O’Hara, Qatar University
Corbett O’Toole, Reclamation Press
George Parker, Otago Polytechnic
Cat Pausé, Massey University
Fiona Quigley, Ulster University
Ashleigh Rushton, Massey University
Brandie Sendziak, Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco
Sondra Solovay, Fat Legal Advocacy Rights and Education Project
Patricia Thille, University of Manitoba
Marilyn Wann, Independent
Fiona Willer, Queensland University of Technology
Lesley Williams, Independent Family Physician

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