The Consequences of “Healthy Weight” Messages for People with Obesity

2020-06-19T14:42:25-04:00 June 19th, 2020|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , , , |

In this series, we have identified that “healthy weight” social messages[1] exist in our society that inaccurately support the belief that higher body weights are unhealthy and that people can easily change their body weights by changing their behaviours. [...]

People with Obesity are not Personally Responsible for their Weight

2020-07-02T18:01:10-04:00 June 16th, 2020|Categories: Weight Bias|Tags: , , , , , |

One of the most crucial components of “healthy weight” social messages is that body weight is easily modifiable[1]. This is a message people hear, read, and talk about on a regular basis. It is common to hear phrases that communicate the [...]

Does Everyone with a Large Body have Obesity?

2020-06-09T11:14:16-04:00 June 5th, 2020|Categories: Weight Bias|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

To more closely examine the problematic nature of “healthy weight”[1] social messages, it is important to consider whether or not everyone who has a large body has obesity. It is a common belief that obesity is defined by examining [...]

Piece of Cake: Food Choices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2020-05-28T15:47:56-04:00 May 28th, 2020|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , |

COVID-19 has produced pronounced stress as we manage physical distancing or self-isolation. Feeling stressed leads some of us to crave comfort foods, which might serve as a way of coping, regardless of whether we are aware of it or not. When [...]

Helen: Weight of Living

2019-11-25T11:26:11-05:00 November 21st, 2019|Categories: OC News, Weight of Living|Tags: , , , , |

Representation matters! Obesity Canada launched the Weight of Living series to dismantle the stereotypes and myths surrounding obesity. Through stories and photos, we hope to address the bias that surrounds obesity and weight, and inspire others to continue the conversation about obesity. [...]

3rd Canadian Weight Bias Summit Report

2018-06-01T15:25:38-04:00 January 1st, 2017|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , , , |

Despite decades of research demonstrating the negative impact of weight bias on health and quality of life, we’ve only see a handful of effective ways to reduce it. In May 2016, Obesity Canada (then known as The Canadian Obesity Network) invited [...]

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