Confront Your Own Biases about Weight


Today we wrap up the first-ever Weight Stigma Awareness Week by asking you to observe the official call to action, which is to observe our own weight biases and assess whether we may be contributing to weight stigma knowingly or unknowingly.

Do you judge others by their size and whether or how their food intake, fitness level, etc., may or may not contribute to it?  Do you make assumptions about the character of someone who is larger than the societal ideal?  Do you judge or make such assumptions about yourself because of your size?

Reversing weight stigma requires each of us to confront our own biases.  After we do that, we can advocate, learn and educate others, helping to lead the fight against this prejudice that can actually create a problem with weight.

(If you’re reading this via email, you’ll have to click through to our blog to see the video.)

Imagine a world where people are not judged by their weight but by their character.  Imagine a world where people don’t obsess about the scale, yo-yo diet or binge eat, but instead live their lives in the moment, appreciating what comes their way.

Awareness of the problem is key, and we thank the Binge Eating Disorder Association for creating and organizing this milestone event.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  Enjoy your body, enjoy your life!

One response to “Confront Your Own Biases about Weight”

  1. Five for Friday :: 14 October 2011 | Nourishing the Soul - A forum on body image and the effects of eating disorders says:

    […] Despite BEDA’s first-ever Weight Stigma Awareness Week coming to a close, there’s still so much more to learn. So I’m taking the liberty to share one more post from A Weight Lifted on confronting our own weight bias. […]

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If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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