Obesity Canada is pleased to announce that Dr. Rebecca Puhl of the University of Connecticut Rudd Center is the 2021 recipient of our Distinguished Lecturer Award. Dr. Puhl completed her B.A.H in psychology at Queen’s University in 1999. She earned her M.S (2001) and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2004) from Yale University.  Her research broadly addresses weight-based bullying, bias, and discrimination experienced by children and adults.

Dr. Puhl has documented the prevalence and origins of weight bias and discrimination, assessed the pervasiveness and impact of weight stigma in the media, examined the effects of weight bias on emotional and physical health, assessed experiences and health consequences of weight-bullying in youth, tested intervention strategies to reduce weight bias, and studied potential policy and legal remedies to reduce weight discrimination and bullying.

The Distinguished Lecturer Award presentation kicks off the 7th Canadian Obesity Summit on May 10th, 2021.

Congratulations, Dr. Rebecca Puhl!