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May 21, 2012
10th Annual Conference on Health, Disability and the Law
Obesity Bias and Bullying: Where are we now and what can we do about it?

Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Carsandra Knight 317-274-1912

Please join us from 8am - 5pm on May 21st, 2012 for the 10th Annual Conference on Health, Disability and the Law: "Obesity Bias and Bullying".  [View Brochure]

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8:00 a.m.Registration
8:30 a.m.Welcome and Introduction
Heather A. McCabe, J.D., MSW, Steven M. Koch, Ph.D., HSPP, Nicolas Terry, LL.M.
8:45 a.m.Keynote Address - Weight Bias and Stigma: The Health and Public Health Impacts
Rebecca M. Puhl, Ph.D.
10:15 a.m.BREAK
10:30 a.m.Bullying and Obesity: What We Know
Rebecca M. Puhl, Ph.D.
11:30 a.m.LUNCH
12:30 p.m.Policy and Legal Solutions to Weight Discrimination
Jennifer Pomeranz, J.D., MPH
1:30 p.m.BREAK
1:45 p.m.Obesity Stigma and Disability Law
Jeannette Cox, J.D.
2:30 p.m.Gaining POWER Over Pediatric Obesity
Jessica Chubinski, R.D., Julie LaMothe, RN, CPNP TBA
3:30 p.m.BREAK
3:45 p.m.Community Factors that Impact Childhood Obesity
Gilbert Liu, M.D.
4:45 p.m.Evaluation and Adjournment


In a recent study in the online Pediatrics journal, children who are obese were found more likely to be bullied than their peers. This finding was noted regardless of sex, race, academic ability or socioeconomic status. In addition, the study found that these children were bullied specifically because of their weight. This conference will discuss the bias and bullying experienced by obese children as well as adults, policy and legal solutions to address weight discrimination, identify community factors that impact obesity, and share Indiana success stories in treating obesity.


At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Examine the issue of obesity for children and adults in the United States
  • Describe how stigma and bias can affect children and adults with obesity
  • Identify resources to assist children and adults affected by obesity and/or stigma


Parking is available for a nominal fee at the campus Gateway Garage, located on the corner of Michigan and California Streets. (Address is 525 Blackford Street). Parking is also available for a nominal fee at the Natatorium Garage two blocks west of the law school. Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance should call (317) 274-1912, no later than one week prior to the event. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. This conference is brought to you by The IU McKinney School of Law, The IU School of Medicine, The IU School of Social Work and Riley Hospital for Children