Artists Speak Up For Weight Stigma Awareness WeekThe 3rd annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week (WSAW); will be held Sept. 23 – 27. The goal of the event is to make people aware of the harm weight stigma inflicts onto others and to provide effective methodologies in which to oppose them. Weight Stigma Awareness Week is a virtual event which will include, Tweetchats, webinars, mixers, blog conferencing lead by experts in the field of weight stigma.
Sticks and StonesContrary to the words in a child’s nursery rhyme, names do hurt. They cut deep; they destroy a person’s self-esteem, hope and quality of life. No matter what you call it, weight stigma, weightism, weight bias or weight based discrimination; the bottom line is its stereotyping based solely on a person’s size. These judgments often prompt bullying (not only in school), hate-speech and rejection when seeking employment and healthcare, or furthering education. Negative judgments such as these along with the erroneous definition society and the media project about what ‘real’ beauty is often lead people to believe they are not valuable, loveable or deserving of kindness or compassion. Myths Weight Stigma Awareness Week hopes to squelch.
Artists Honor WSAWCastlewood Treatment Center clients have taken a stand against weight stigma through art by designing Avery Body. The creation of Avery Body provided the artists a therapeutic outlet in which to deal with weight stigma and gain awareness of their personal body image. Approximately 20 Castlewood clients participated in the making of Avery Body for Weight Stigma Awareness Week utilizing assorted craft supplies.
- Plastic wrap
- Packing tape
- Assorted paints
- Mod Podge
- Assorted beads
- Faux feathers
- Tissue paper in various colors
- Magazine cuttings
- Hot glue guns