Health At Every Size:
Weight Stigma and Support among Queer and Trans Folks

Status: Coding data

About This Study


The purpose of this study is to explore and expand the literature on the experiences of queer and/or transgender people, particularly in relation to size stigma, social support, and overall well being. While there is research into the well being of queer and trans folks, and there is some research into the well being of people of size, there is very little research into the intersection. This study will explore the amount that an individual agrees with the principles of the Health At Every Size movement, to the effect that these beliefs affect their well being.

Research Team

Corey Flanders
Corey Flanders

Corey Flanders (she/they) is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology and Education Department at Mount Holyoke College, and the director of the WISH research team. Corey conducts research with LGBTQ+ community on mental and sexual health equity and access, and in particular focuses on the health and wellness of bi+ community. Corey also enjoys made-for-tv sci-fi monster movies, and hanging out with their kiddos (2- and 4-legged, alike).

April Kepler

April Kepler (she/they) is a senior at Mount Holyoke majoring in Psychology and working towards the Five College Certificate in Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice. Her research interests span sexuality, fatphobia, chronic illness, and pain. Outside of academics, she is on the board of the Neurodiverse Students’ Association and enjoys a good book and a variety of crafts.

Hannah Middleton

Hannah is a senior at Mount Holyoke double majoring in Psychology and Statistics. She is interested in the mental health of adoptees, the mental and physical aftermath of children in custody battles, and the social belongingness of LGBTQ+ people of minorities. Hannah is a member of the varsity tennis team at Mount Holyoke. In her free time, she loves reading fiction, listening to music, and watching videos of corgis, bunnies, and manatees.

Sydney Williams

Sydney Williams (she/her) '23


Psychology major, environmental studies minor


Research interests: Mental health, trauma, stigma, emotional processing, adolescent development


Fun fact: I have 16 aunts and uncles on my father's side