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  • Expert Interview – Rebecca Puhl, PhD

    February 12, 2015

    This month, we were fortunate to explore the topic of weight-based bullying with Dr. Puhl.  Through her extensive research, she is able to explain how common weight-based bullying is, how it impacts students, and what are some things that can be done to help prevent it.

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    Resources mentioned in the interview:

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    Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity UoC

    Dr. Rebecca Puhl is the Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Puhl coordinates research and policy efforts aimed at reducing weight bias and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by obesity. Dr. Puhl received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. She has conducted research on weight bias for 15 years and has published numerous studies on weight-based bullying in youth, weight bias in health care and the media, interventions to reduce weight bias, and the impact of weight stigma on emotional and physical health. Dr. Puhl has testified in state legislative hearings on weight bias, routinely provides expertise on this issue to State Departments of Health and national health organizations, and has developed evidence-based trainings to reduce weight bias that have been implemented in medical facilities across the country. Dr. Puhl has emerged as the leading national expert in the field of weight bias, and her research is routinely reported on in national and international media. In addition to serving on the Council of The Obesity Society and the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition, she was recently awarded the Excellence in Policy Research Award from the National Eating Disorders Coalition. More information on Dr. Puhl’s work is available at www.uconnruddcenter.org.

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