Weight Bias and Social Justice: Implications for Education and Practice

  • Sarah Nutter
  • Shelly Russell-Mayhew
  • Nancy Arthur
  • John H. Ellard


Weight bias is a widespread and persistent form of oppression that adversely impacts the lives of individuals with obesity in many areas of society. In this paper, we discuss the implications of weight bias as a social justice issue for counsellor education and practice. We provide recommendations for professional education, including the need to examine social location, knowledge, assumptions, and biases about weight and individuals with obesity. We also provide recommendations related to advocacy for individuals with obesity in practice.


Weight bias Social justice Counsellor education 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declared that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Counselling Psychology, Graduate Programs in Education EDT 114University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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