the HAES® files: It’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week

by Health At Every Size® Blog

WSAW13It’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week (WSAW), an initiative from the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) with the goals of:

  • increasing awareness of the pervasiveness and destructive nature of weight stigma, and
  • providing effective strategies for combating the problem.

It’s a packed week with activities such as:

  • A blog conference with over 40 prominent bloggers—many of them ASDAH members—writing on everything from weight stigma viewed through the eating disorders lens, to weight stigma in diverse populations and more.
  • Two video interviews, one on “When Liking Your Body Seems Impossible” and the other reviewing new weight stigma research.
  • A tweet chat with Ralph Carson, PhD, RD, on the neurobiology of weight stigma.
  • Several powerful toolkit articles designed to help healthcare professionals and the public alike recognize and combat weight stigma, and understand how the focus on weight loss contributes to the development of binge eating disorder. Again, key articles were written by ASDAH members.

Last week, Fall Ferguson kicked off a discussion of weight stigma on this blog as a prelude to WSAW. In her post, Fall issued a call to action, saying

we need to make the voices of all people treated badly or judged because of their size or weight—large, small, thin, fat—audible to folks who ordinarily can’t hear them.”

WSAW is an effort to amplify that voice into a roar. To add the Health At Every Size® Blog voice to the roar, we invite you to share your thoughts, experiences, and strategies here for combating weight stigma. How has the HAES® approach made a difference in helping people understand the issues? Do you have any special events planned in honor of the week? Do tell….

7 Responses to “the HAES® files: It’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week”

  1. This week I’m focusing pretty heavily on Weight Stigma Awareness on my blog. I only have about 1,300 subscribers but hopefully it will help to spread some awareness and help change a few people’s attitudes about fat people (and really all sizes and kinds of weight based stereotypes and body policing). It’s important to spread the word on this to try and combat the damage that the media and the weight obsessed culture we live in does to people.

  2. One of the things I am focusing on is reconnecting to my body. Before I started doing acceptance work, I lived largely in my head as if it were somehow disconnected from the rest of me. This week I am working to breathe into my body and feel gratitude for what a wonderful gift it really is.

  3. I am promoting ASDAH’s Resolved video, which is about weight stigma in health care. It’s pretty far out of my comfort zone to keep asking people for money, but I keep doing it because weight stigma and weight bias need to be confronted. So here goes: please visit ASDAH’s GoFundMe campaign, watch the trailer posted there, and consider donating $5 or $10 to help us complete the video and get it in front of every health care provider everywhere.


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