The Impact of Weight Bias and Stigma

Nicole Pearce · October 6, 2023

Who it’s for:

The Impact of Weight Bias and Stigma course dives into the complexities of weight bias and stigma. In this course, we explore the effects of societal attitudes towards body weight, highlighting the emotional, physical, and psychological toll it takes on individuals, societies, healthcare professionals and communities.

This course offers a comprehensive understanding of weight bias and stigma, equipping participants with the knowledge and tools to combat these issues in their personal and professional lives. Through expert-led presentations, interactivity and patient stories, you’ll gain insights into the far-reaching consequences of weight bias on health, self-esteem, and social relationships.

Whether you’re a healthcare professional, educator, policymaker, or simply someone passionate about fostering inclusivity and empathy, this course will empower you to make a positive impact and contribute to a more compassionate and equitable society.

Join us in our mission to eliminate weight bias and stigma and promote a healthier, more understanding world for all.

Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of completion.

This course was co-developed between Obesity Canada and The European Association for the Study of Obesity.

Structure and time investment:

Pre and post evaluations with one asynchronous module. It will take approximately 2 hours to complete the program.






Online learning, completed at your own pace.




This course is being evaluated by researchers at the University of Alberta.


  • Candace Vilhan,  B.A.Psych, E.C.E., CBE, Lived-experience
  • Shahebina Walji, MD, CCFP, FCFP
  • Jennifer Brown, RD
  • David Macklin, MD, CCFP
  • Sean Wharton, MD, PharmD, FRCPC
  • Sue Pedersen, MD, FRCPC
  • Taniya Nagpal, PhD
  • Simon Williams, PhD., European Association for the Study of Obesity Representative

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Course Includes

  • 3 Lessons
  • Course Certificate