Have you ever noticed that people worry and talk a lot about their weight and appearance? Have you have heard people comment on others’ bodies or even their own in a negative way? In a society where it is considered important to be thin and fit, negative attitudes towards larger bodies can be common. Weight bias and stigma exist in employment, education and health care. So what exactly is weight bias and stigma? How does it impact us, and what can we do about it?
Kiera is a Project Manager with the Health Literacy Team at BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services. She is co-leading the development of BalancedView a weight bias and stigma resource for health professionals and is passionate about promoting positive body image, addressing weight bias and integrating obesity and eating disorders prevention.