The Weight of the World

What is Body Trust?

October 18, 2021

Our collective fails to understand the role discrimination, stigma and oppression play in people’s emotional and physical well-being.  We fail to see how conversations about health often bypass the social determinants of health (poverty, trauma, environmental racism, genetics). We over-rely on personal responsibility and bootstrapping rhetoric (i.e. If you get sick, it’s your fault). We…

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Let’s talk about Halloween Candy…

October 30, 2019

“We’d like to encourage parents to calm down about Halloween Candy.”  This is something Dana wrote on Facebook years ago, and within a matter of minutes, it had 50 shares. The post went on to say… “Despite popular belief, sugar is not addictive. Candy is part of the world, and candy will be in your…

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Weight Stigma Awareness Week

September 25, 2019

→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…

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Talking Back to WW: Personal Body Stories*

September 13, 2019

The stories have been missing. The stories that talk about what it is to live in a body that should be corrected. We are missing the stories of those who have followed all the rules, tried all the plans and it still didn’t “work”.   Weight loss stories tend to have a predictable narrative arc and…

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What We Want You To Know About Eating Disorders

August 27, 2019

It is problematic that when we think of the words “eating disorders” we are still more likely to conjure an image of an emaciated, white, cisgender female body than a trans body or a brown body or a fat body. We, as advocates, have a long way to go to change the conversation. The Marginalized…

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