Obesity Image Bank

The use of balanced and sensitive visual content is critical in helping to reduce obesity-related prejudice and stigma in the media.

The organisations listed below have each developed unique galleries containing images and videos showcasing realistic portrayals of people with obesity. All galleries are free resources which members of the media are invited to view and make use of in accordance with specified guidelines.

  • ECPO Media Image Bank
    Stigmatising images of people with obesity are widely used by European media. These images fuel obesity stigma, and inappropriate images drive an inaccurate narrative around obesity. The EASO European Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ECPO) developed this high quality European image bank of over 1000 photos of people living with obesity, which is available to download open access. This powerful tool, which includes assets from a variety of European countries, will support media – and the medical and scientific communities, gain a clearer picture of what it is really like to live with obesity.
  • IFB Adiposity Diseases Centre Germany – Photo Gallery
    The IFB Adiposity Diseases centre is a joint centre of the Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig and the University Hospital of Leipzig, bringing together both obesity research and treatment experts under one roof. Its photo gallery features a diverse range of images of people with obesity which are available to news publications upon request.
  • Obesity Canada – Perfect at Any Size Gallery
    The Canadian Obesity Networks mission is to act as a catalyst for addressing obesity in Canada and as a platform to foster knowledge translation, capacity building and partnerships among stakeholders. Their Perfect at Any Size Gallery was developed to help promote accurate coverage of obesity-related topics in news reporting and challenge harmful weight-based stereotypes.
  • The UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity – Media Gallery
    The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut is a distinguished multi-disciplinary policy research centre dedicated to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity and reducing weight stigma. Their media gallery now contains several hundred still images and over 80 b-roll videos depicting non-stigmatizing portrayals of individuals with obesity.
  • The World Obesity Federation Image Portal
    The most recent addition to our range of high-quality external resources promoting positive, non-exploitative images of people with obesity in the media. This image bank resource is designed to improve awareness and understanding of practical, effective actions that can be taken to combat the obesity crisis.
  • The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
    A nearly 75,000 member-strong non-profit organisation based in the USA and dedicated to giving a voice to the individual affected by the disease of obesity and helping individuals along their journey toward better health through education, advocacy and support. OAC works to raise awareness and improve access to the prevention and treatment of obesity, provide evidence-based education on obesity and its treatments, fight to eliminate weight bias and discrimination, elevate the conversation of weight and its impact on health and offer a community of support for the individual affected. Access the new OAC non-stigmatising image gallery:

We will endeavour to include additional imagery from a variety of third party groups and resources as this online portal grows.