Weight Inclusive Thinking


Why We Exist

This project was born out of our concern for the widespread weight stigma in health, physical activity, and fitness contexts. Weight stigma, which is discrimination based on body shape and size, is associated with adverse physical and mental health outcomes. Sadly, based on our research, lived experience, and activists’ work, we have learned that health, physical activity, and fitness spaces can (un)intentionally send messages that fuel weight stigma, body dissatisfaction, and size discrimination. Therefore, we chose to create educational materials to support health-related professionals in developing a weight-inclusive approach to their practices.

Who Are We

Who Is Involved

We are an interdisciplinary team of university faculty from three different states: Arizona, California, and Maryland. We represent various health-related disciplines and believe a weight-inclusive approach to physical movement can significantly improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Luciana Zuest

Associate Professor

Saemi Lee

Assistant Professor

Dawn Clifford



Who We Are Funded By

Our projects are funded by the:

Hellison Interdisciplinary Grant from the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE)

Collaborative Research Grant from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)

Research Grant from NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation

Professional Development Grant from the Western Society for Physical Education of College Women (WSPECW)


Our Vision for the Future

We aim to create, implement, and evaluate research-based education materials tailored for health-related professionals such as physical educators, dietitians, physical therapists, personal trainers, nurses, etc.

Selected Publications

A Snapshot of Our Work

The publications to the right are an aggregate of all of the work that we have collectively put into our areas of expertise.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our work offerings, please send us a message from our contact page.

Contact Us


Humphrey, L., Clifford, D., & Morris, M. N. (2015). Health at every size college course reduces dieting behaviors and improves intuitive eating, body esteem, and anti-fat attitudesJournal of nutrition education and behavior47(4), 354-360.

Journal of nutrition education and behavior
Humphrey, Clifford, Morris

Clifford, D., Ozier, A., Bundros, J., Moore, J., Kreiser, A., & Morris, M. N. (2015). Impact of non-diet approaches on attitudes, behaviors, and health outcomes: A systematic reviewJournal of nutrition education and behavior47(2), 143-155.

Journal of nutrition education and behavior
Clifford, Bundros, Moore, Kreiser, Morris

Clifford, D., & Morris, M. N. (2015). Ending Weight Bias and Discrimination in Nutrition and Dietetics. Scan’s Pulse34(2), 13–16.

Scan’s Pulse
Clifford, Morris

Morris, M. N., Bundros, J., Clifford, D., & Silliman, K. (2016). Prevalence of Orthorexia Nervosa among College Students Based on Bratman’s Test and Associated TendenciesThe FASEB Journal30, 1161-5

The FASEB Journal
Morris, Bundros, Clifford, Silliman

Lee, S., Li, S., Newland, A., Leedeman, J., Clifford, D. E., & Keeler, L. A. (2021). A peer-led non-diet behaviour change intervention: FitUHealth Education Journal80(1), 67-80.

Health Education Journal
Lee, Li, Leedeman, Clifford, Keeler

Lee, S., Zuest, L., Leedeman, J., Li, S., & Clifford, D. E. (2021). Health and weight attitudes of university recreation center leadersJournal of American College Health, 1-11.

Journal of American College Health
Lee, Leedeman, Clifford

Zuest, L., Lee, S. Leedeman, J., Li, S., & Clifford, D.E. (In press). Promoting Body Size Diversity in University Recreation Centers. Quest

Promoting Body Size Diversity
In Press

Those Who Have Volunteered Their Time

Diwaine and Kari helped make our vision come to life by guiding us through the process of logo and brand creation, website development, course creation, and elearning development. Learn more about them below.

Diwaine Word

Tiger Phoenix LLC

Our primary focus is on providing maximum value to your business endeavor as we trek into the future, together. Be a crazy dreamer, a creative thinker and always look to make a positive impact on the world you live in.

Kari Word

Instructional Design Studio LLC

Here to help you reach your goals of taking your curriculum and bringing it online.