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Angela Meadows

ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Washington Singer 124

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

Overview

Biography:

I gained my PhD in Psychology in 2018 from the University of Birmingham, with a thesis entitled: "Fear and self-loathing: Internalised weight stigma and maladaptive coping in higher-weight individuals." In 2013, I founded what is now the Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, which has been held in the UK, Canada, Iceland, and the Czech Republic, and attracts scholars from a wide range of disciplines, public health and public policy experts, health professionals, and social activists, among others. You can find out more about the conference at stigmaconference.com. I am frequently interviewed about weight stigma in national and international radio and print media, and appeared in the BBC2 documentary The Men Who Made Us Thin.

I received an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at Exeter from October 2018 to September 2019, on a project entitled "Responding to weight stigma: Helpful and unhelpful coping strategies."

My undergraduate degree was in Biological Sciences, awarded by the University of Wollongong, Australia, and I have previously done neurobiology research, as well as working as a scientific writer and editor and in the field of health promotion.

Broad research specialisms:

Experienced and internalised weight stigma

Stigma coping and health

Group identity and stigma resistance

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Research

Research interests

Research interests:

I am interested in how higher-weight individuals respond to societal weight-related stigma and how this impacts on their health and wellbeing, life choices, and long-term outcomes. I am also interested in why some people internalise that stigma, i.e., devalue themselves because of their weight, whereas others are unaffected or choose to challenge societal stigma.

I am also interested in terminology usage in weight stigma research and in clinical practice and how the choice of words may reinforce cultural narratives and perpetuate stigma.

For more details of my research and publications, visit angelameadows.info

Publications

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Publications by category


Journal articles

Bombak AE, Meadows A, Billette J (2019). Fat acceptance 101: Midwestern American women’s perspective on cultural body acceptance. Health Sociology Review Abstract.  Full text.
Meadows A, Higgs S (2019). Internalised Weight Stigma Moderates the Impact of a Stigmatising Prime on Eating in the Absence of Hunger in Higher- but Not Lower-Weight Individuals. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 10 Author URL.  Full text.
Calogero RM, Tylka TL, Mensinger JL, Meadows A, Daníelsdóttir S (2019). Recognizing the Fundamental Right to be Fat: a Weight-Inclusive Approach to Size Acceptance and Healing from Sizeism. Women and Therapy, 42(1-2), 22-44. Abstract.  Full text.
Meadows A, Higgs S (2019). The Multifaceted Nature of Weight-Related Self-Stigma: Validation of the Two-Factor Weight Bias Internalization Scale (WBIS-2F). FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 10 Author URL.  Full text.
Meadows A (2019). Weight stigma and physical health: an unconsidered 'obesity' cost : Letter to the Editor: Response to Singh et al. (2018). Is there more to the equation? Weight bias and the costs of obesity. Canadian Journal of Public Health. https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-018-0146-2. Online first: 26 October 2018. Can J Public Health Author URL.
Meadows A, Bombak AE (2019). Yes, We can (No, you Can’t): Weight Stigma, Exercise Self-Efficacy, and Active Fat Identity Development. Fat Studies, 8(2), 135-153. Abstract.
Mensinger JL, Meadows A (2017). Internalized weight stigma mediates and moderates physical activity outcomes during a healthy living program for women with high body mass index. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 30, 64-72. Abstract.
Meadows A, Nolan LJ, Higgs S (2017). Self-perceived food addiction: Prevalence, predictors, and prognosis. Appetite, 114, 282-298. Abstract.
Meadows A, Higgs S, Burke SE, Dovidio JF, van Ryn M, Phelan SM (2017). Social dominance orientation, dispositional empathy, and need for cognitive closure moderate the impact of empathy-skills training, but not patient contact, on medical students' negative attitudes toward higher-weight patients. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(MAR). Abstract.
Meadows A, Daníelsdóttir S, Calogero R, O'Reilly C (2017). Why fat suits do not advance the scientific study of weight stigma. Obesity, 25(2).
Meadows A, Daníelsdóttir S (2016). What's in a word? on weight stigma and terminology. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(OCT).
Meadows A, Kaambwa B, Novielli N, Huissoon A, Fry-Smith A, Meads C, Barton P, Dretzke J (2013). A systematic review and economic evaluation of subcutaneous and sublingual allergen immunotherapy in adults and children with seasonal allergic rhinitis. Health Technology Assessment, 17(27). Abstract.
Dretzke J, Meadows A, Novielli N, Huissoon A, Fry-Smith A, Meads C (2013). Subcutaneous and sublingual immunotherapy for seasonal allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and indirect comparison. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 131(5), 1361-1366. Abstract.

Publications by year


2019

Bombak AE, Meadows A, Billette J (2019). Fat acceptance 101: Midwestern American women’s perspective on cultural body acceptance. Health Sociology Review Abstract.  Full text.
Meadows A, Higgs S (2019). Internalised Weight Stigma Moderates the Impact of a Stigmatising Prime on Eating in the Absence of Hunger in Higher- but Not Lower-Weight Individuals. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 10 Author URL.  Full text.
Calogero RM, Tylka TL, Mensinger JL, Meadows A, Daníelsdóttir S (2019). Recognizing the Fundamental Right to be Fat: a Weight-Inclusive Approach to Size Acceptance and Healing from Sizeism. Women and Therapy, 42(1-2), 22-44. Abstract.  Full text.
Meadows A, Higgs S (2019). The Multifaceted Nature of Weight-Related Self-Stigma: Validation of the Two-Factor Weight Bias Internalization Scale (WBIS-2F). FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 10 Author URL.  Full text.
Meadows A (2019). Weight stigma and physical health: an unconsidered 'obesity' cost : Letter to the Editor: Response to Singh et al. (2018). Is there more to the equation? Weight bias and the costs of obesity. Canadian Journal of Public Health. https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-018-0146-2. Online first: 26 October 2018. Can J Public Health Author URL.
Meadows A, Bombak AE (2019). Yes, We can (No, you Can’t): Weight Stigma, Exercise Self-Efficacy, and Active Fat Identity Development. Fat Studies, 8(2), 135-153. Abstract.

2017

Mensinger JL, Meadows A (2017). Internalized weight stigma mediates and moderates physical activity outcomes during a healthy living program for women with high body mass index. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 30, 64-72. Abstract.
Meadows A, Nolan LJ, Higgs S (2017). Self-perceived food addiction: Prevalence, predictors, and prognosis. Appetite, 114, 282-298. Abstract.
Meadows A, Higgs S, Burke SE, Dovidio JF, van Ryn M, Phelan SM (2017). Social dominance orientation, dispositional empathy, and need for cognitive closure moderate the impact of empathy-skills training, but not patient contact, on medical students' negative attitudes toward higher-weight patients. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(MAR). Abstract.
Meadows A, Daníelsdóttir S, Calogero R, O'Reilly C (2017). Why fat suits do not advance the scientific study of weight stigma. Obesity, 25(2).

2016

Meadows A, Daníelsdóttir S (2016). What's in a word? on weight stigma and terminology. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(OCT).

2013

Meadows A, Kaambwa B, Novielli N, Huissoon A, Fry-Smith A, Meads C, Barton P, Dretzke J (2013). A systematic review and economic evaluation of subcutaneous and sublingual allergen immunotherapy in adults and children with seasonal allergic rhinitis. Health Technology Assessment, 17(27). Abstract.
Dretzke J, Meadows A, Novielli N, Huissoon A, Fry-Smith A, Meads C (2013). Subcutaneous and sublingual immunotherapy for seasonal allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and indirect comparison. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 131(5), 1361-1366. Abstract.

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