Weight Stigma Awareness Week is Sept 21-25!

September 21 - 25 is Weight Stigma Awareness Week (WSAW), a week-long awareness campaign devoted to promote education and action around weight stigma and its effects on health, eating behaviors and overall well-being in schools, healthcare and employment settings, and amongst individuals, family and friends. 

I am passionate about WSAW, as weight stigma is pervasive in our culture and has a negative impact on many individuals' physical and psychological health (see the resources below for great information detailing the impact of weight stigma).

WSAW has two primary goals:

1) Increase awareness of the pervasiveness and destructive nature of weight stigma, and

2) To provide effective strategies for combating weight stigma

This year's WSAW theme is Bias and Bullying: Weight Stigma in Diverse Communities.

The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) has great topics and events in store this year:

MONDAY - WEIGHT STIGMA IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

TUESDAY - CHILDREN & WEIGHT BASED BULLYING

WEDNESDAY - WEIGHT STIGMA & TRANSGENDER CHALLENGES

THURSDAY - CHRONIC DISEASE, DISABILITY & WEIGHT STIGMA

FRIDAY - WEIGHT STIGMA IN THE PROVIDER COMMUNITY

 

Interested in learning more about Weight Stigma and Binge Eating Disorder (BED) now? Check out the following resources:

From Chelsea's WSAW 2013 Contribution, "Weight Stigma Viewed Through an Eating Disorder Lens." Click through to read more.

From Chelsea's WSAW 2013 Contribution, "Weight Stigma Viewed Through an Eating Disorder Lens." Click through to read more.