Weight Stigma Awareness week is this week! September 28th to October 2nd.
During NEDA’s second annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week (#WSAW2020), on September 28 – October 2, 2020, we want to End Weight Hateand help the broader eating disorders community understand why weight stigma should matter to everyone- all bodies, not only those in higher weight bodies.
Especially when it comes to eating disorders—all eating disorders—we, as a community, need to understand how weight stigma and weight discrimination affect people of all sizes, how it contributes to and exacerbates eating disorders in people of all sizes, and how we can all work together with a unified voice to eliminate stigma and discrimination based on body size.
And some incredible words from Be Nourished
We were on AMNW on Monday talking about Weight Stigma Awareness Week (WSAW), which was started by Chevese Turner in 2011 and is now hosted by The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). The goal of WSAW is to help people “understand how weight stigma and weight discrimination affects people of all sizes, how it contributes to or exacerbates eating disorders in people of all sizes, and how we call work together with a unified voice to eliminate stigma and discrimination based on body size.”
Weight stigma is the the moral discrediting of a person’s body, and manifests as weight bias, size discrimination, stereotyping based on a person’s size, and fatphobia (experienced and internalized).
Where there is stigma, there is always power at play.
That is SO important to note… where there is stigma, there is power at play.
Bold Magazine is also really focusing on Weight Stigma Awareness Week with some great content for Janet Conroy-Quirk and her friends at the Happy Belly Project. Please do check them out!