If you read our blog regularly, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, etc., you know it’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week.
While we only touched the tip of the topic here on A Weight Lifted, there have been a lot of really cool things happening across the internet this week.
Did you know that new research shows faulty neurological wiring could interfere with hunger or fullness cues and contribute to human eating disorders, leading people to eat even when they are full or to avoid food when they are hungry?
Cynthia Bulik, PhD, professor of eating disorders in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, calls this a “game changer” in the treatment of binge eating disorder.
Then, the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) created a toolkit for individuals dealing with binge eating disorder and weight stigma and their friends and families. It includes information on how to work with professionals, including selecting qualified experts.
Great blogs were posted everyday, including these ones we loved:
- Our former intern Janet Zimmerman, RD, now working at Schilling Nutrition Therapy, on Broadening Society’s Narrow Lens of Beauty
- Jill Andrew of FatintheCity came up with a great body equity checklist in order to find high-quality blogs and “Fat-shion” at every size
- 15-year-old Liza Cassella offers an adolescent viewpoint on Mixed Messages about Teens, Bodies and Weight Stigma
In addition to Marsha Hudnall’s webinar on “When Liking Your Body Seems Impossible,“ Rebecca Puhl, PhD, recorded a webinar with Chevese Turner of BEDA on “Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals and Weight Stigma.“
So much great information and so many different perspectives made the 3rd Weight Stigma Awareness Week the strongest yet. While there is a long way to go in erasing judgment and stereotyping of people based on size, shape and weight, it’s incredibly promising to see a dramatic increase in resources for those who deal with binge eating and are victims of weight stigma.