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2014-09-18 23:11:16

Blog conference features 25 contributors and 5 toolkits to raise awareness of weight bias and weight stigma and promote personal advocacy. BEDA gives you the tools to start the talks. Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) is hosting the Third Annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week (#WSAW2014) September 22 – 26 at http://www.bedaonline.com. This year features useful tools for individuals and service providers to prevent or stop weight bias...

fat shaming backfires
2014-09-12 06:48:40

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Contrary to popular belief, “fat shaming” does not encourage people to eat less and lose weight – in fact, it could have the opposite effect, researchers from the University College London (UCL) Health Behavior Research Centre report Thursday in the journal Obesity. The study, which was funded by Cancer Research UK, looked at data of 2,944 adults over the course of four years and found that those who reported being discriminated...

2014-08-26 12:24:54

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), along with supporting organizations, have issued formal letters to the leaders of Amazon.com, Apple Inc., Google Inc., and the Microsoft Corporation calling on each of them to remove offensive fat-shaming applications from their online app stores and strengthen their review process to ensure no further fat-shaming apps are approved for download. "Applications such as "Fatify," "Fatbooth,"...

2014-07-15 08:29:10

Author Rosemary Hershey shares her personal experience to help women change their habits and mindset to live life successfully. BURLINGAME, Calif., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Overweight and obese women are impacted by weight bias in business which may be a hidden barrier to career advancement, according to studies cited by author of Diet-Bailout, Rosemary Hershey. study Hershey believes bias exists against women who become too fleshy, and it's not exclusive to the business world....

2014-05-05 12:29:01

Leading Obesity Groups Take Action to Educate on Obesity Discrimination & Weight Stigma SILVER SPRING, Md., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research shows that most Americans support policies that address weight discrimination. In fact, approximately 3 out of 4 individuals support efforts to add body weight as a protected class under Civil Rights laws, and the majority of those surveyed (at least 60%) are supportive of other policy efforts to address weight discrimination...

2014-05-01 12:29:44

TAMPA, Fla., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and The Obesity Society (TOS) released newly-drafted guidelines aimed at educating media representatives on how to appropriately discuss the disease of obesity in the media. The guidelines focus on areas of journalistic reporting such as conducting balanced coverage of obesity, using people-first language to describe individuals with obesity,...

Fat Shaming Leads To Obesity
2014-04-29 07:24:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dieting in our society has gone from a fad to an obsession. Every website, every television station, and nearly every billboard you pass is telling you a new way to lose weight. We've even coined a word for what they are doing, "fat shaming." What kind of effect does such shaming have? A new study led by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) took a look at that question and found a surprising answer. Females who are fat shamed...

Weight Stigmas Demotivate The Overweight
2014-01-09 07:46:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Vermont found that presenting people who consider themselves overweight with the conventional stigmas of overweight people as lazy or self-indulgent caused them to feel less self-control when it came to eating afterward. In the study, which was published in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, young women were asked to read a phony...

Mixed Messages About Eating Habits And Obesity From Children's Movies
2013-12-10 08:29:37

University of North Carolina Health Care In a world where animals often take the place of humans, sugar-sweetened beverages, exaggerated portion sizes and unhealthy snacks are common. So is TV watching, computer use and video games. But this world is not kind to those who are overweight. A panda that aspires to be a martial arts master is told he'll never make it because of his "fat butt," "flabby arms" and "ridiculous belly." A chipmunk is called "fatty ratty." A donkey is called a...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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