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