In the UWM Body Weight & Shape Research Laboratory, we implement a psychosocial perspective to explore questions about the interpretation and management of body weight and shape within various sociocultural contexts and populations.
Using quantitative and qualitative methodologies using surveys, experiments, and interviews, we analyze how body weight and shape influence body image and health behavior. A better understanding of how members within a society define and negotiate body weight and shape can inform the development of health promotion and disease prevention efforts.
In our work, we strive to adopt and implement the Health at Every Size® framework. We respect diverse bodies, critically consider cultural and scientific knowledge, and promote physical activity and eating behaviors that are joyful, flexible, and self-compassionate.