The role of the fatosphere in fat adults' responses to obesity stigma: a model of empowerment without a focus on weight loss

Dickins, Marissa, Thomas, Samantha L., King, Bri, Lewis, Sophie and Holland, Kate 2011, The role of the fatosphere in fat adults' responses to obesity stigma: a model of empowerment without a focus on weight loss, Qualitative health research, vol. 21, no. 12, pp. 1679-1691, doi: 10.1177/1049732311417728.

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Title The role of the fatosphere in fat adults' responses to obesity stigma: a model of empowerment without a focus on weight loss
Author(s) Dickins, Marissa
Thomas, Samantha L.ORCID iD for Thomas, Samantha L. orcid.org/0000-0003-1427-7775
King, Bri
Lewis, Sophie
Holland, Kate
Journal name Qualitative health research
Volume number 21
Issue number 12
Start page 1679
End page 1691
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 1049-7323
Keyword(s) health and well-being
obesity/overweight
research, qualitative
stigma
Summary Obese adults face pervasive and repeated weight-based stigma. Few researchers have explored how obese individuals proactively respond to stigma outside of a dominant weight-loss framework. Using a grounded theory approach, we explored the experiences of 44 bloggers within the Fatosphere--an online fat-acceptance community. We investigated participants' pathways into the Fatosphere, how they responded to and interacted with stigma, and how they described the impact of fat acceptance on their health and well-being. The concepts and support associated with the fat-acceptance movement helped participants shift from reactive strategies in responding to stigma (conforming to dominant discourses through weight loss) to proactive responses to resist stigma (reframing "fat" and self-acceptance). Participants perceived that blogging within the Fatosphere led them to feel more empowered. Participants also described the benefits of belonging to a supportive community, and improvements in their health and well-being. The Fatosphere provides an alternative pathway for obese individuals to counter and cope with weight-based stigma.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1049732311417728
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079463

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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