Date of Submission

Spring 2021

Academic Program

Psychology; Psychology

Project Advisor 1

Frank Scalzo

Project Advisor 2

Kathryn Tabb

Abstract/Artist's Statement


Anti-fat prejudice has received little to no attention in social justice discourse. Fat Americans are discriminated against in healthcare, education and in the workplace. This discrimination includes, but is not limited to, lowered salary, unexplained termination from a job, unsolicited medical advice, body scrutiny, bullying, social exclusion, and being denied in vitro fertilization. Situating anti-fat prejudice in an intersectional framework will facilitate the dismantling of weight-normative doctrines. In the present study, participants completed a race IAT and a weight IAT, as well as a demographic questionnaire and the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM). Implicit racial bias was positively correlated with implicit weight bias. Non-white participants scored significantly higher in ethnic identity than white participants. There was no difference in implicit weight bias and implicit racial bias between white and non-white participants. However, white participants scored significantly lower in implicit weight bias when controlling for BMI.

Keywords: implicit bias, intersectionality, weight stigma, racism, ethnic identity

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