Dr Stuart W. Flint

Dr Stuart W. Flint


I am an Associate Professor of the Psychology of Obesity at the University of Leeds, with my primary areas of work related to understanding, measuring and intervening with conscious and unconscious cognitions and where appropriate, applying these to behaviour change.

I am an Honorary Academic for the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities (DHSC). I am also the President of Scaled Insights, a Behavioural Artificial Intelligence company based at the University of Leeds. 

I am the behavioural science lead for the COVID-19 outbreak board for Leeds City Region and Emotional Wellbieng in the Community board for Suffolk County.

Research interests

I have a background in psychology with a specific interest in the psychosocial effects of obesity; in particular weight stigmatisation and discrimination. My research has highlighted weight stigma and discrimination in adult and child populations, across various settings, the potential impact on people with overweight and obesity, and he develops interventions to reduce weight stigma attitudes and discriminatory behaviours. I have led action on reducing weight stigma and discrimination internationally including work with Government, healthcare and media organisations.

I am a contributor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity and All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood Group. My work has been featured in several reports including an inquiry in to ‘the current landscape of obesity services’,

In 2022, I was invited to submit written and subsequently, give in-person oral evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee enquiry on “the impact of negative body image on mental and physical health”.

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