Posts Tagged ‘Fat Stigma’

Fat-Bashing Prof Censured

August 22nd, 2013

Psychology Professor Geoffrey Miller has been formally censured by the University of New Mexico for a tweet he published in June telling Ph.D. candidates who are obese not to apply to his program.

At first, Miller claimed his tweet was part of a research project but the Institutional Review Board at New York University, where he was a visiting professor, and the IRB at UNM concluded that was not correct.

As part of the censure, Miller cannot serve on any admission committee for the duration of this time as a faculty member, must work with co-advisors to develop a sensitivity training program as it relates to obesity, be assigned a faculty mentor for three years with whom he will meet on a regular basis to discuss potential problems, have his work monitored by the chair of the Psychology Department and apologize to the department and colleagues for his behavior.

The investigation by UNM found no evidence Miller had discriminated against people who are overweight. In light of the concerns raised by his tweet, the university is bringing an obesity stigma expert to UNM to help educate the community on obesity stigma. Miller can appeal the decision.

NYU is allowing Miller to complete his contract until August 31.

A study in the May issue of Obesity found that applicants to graduate school in psychology who were obese fared worse when they had face-to-face interviews than when they had telephone interviews. This relationship was stronger for females than males. Higher BMI was related to more positive adjectives in letters of recommendation.



May 6th, 2011

In the obesity business, you can get into some weird stuff. For example, when I am out in social occasions and people ask me what I do I say ‘health care consulting’ or something bland like that. If they press, I’ll fess up to working in obesity. Then, they get all confessional. “Oh, I’m only having the cheesecake now because I didn’t have any breakfast and I know you should have breakfast but I was late for work  etc, etc…”Ok, spare me. I really don’t care.

But today I went on Amazon to order two books. One was the Dukan Diet and the other Fat Stigma. You know how Amazon works. It brings up a list of other books based on these and earlier selections you might be interested in. So the predictable selections  on dieting and obesity came up. Plus this one: “Water for Elephants.” Water for Elephants?? Well I read this book when I was laid up after hip surgery. I loved the book. Does it have anything to do with dieting? No Obesity ? No. Advice to Amazon: Check your algorithm.