9th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

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The Association for Size Diversity and Health is an international professional organisation composed of members committed to the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) Principles. Their mission is to promote education, research, and the provision of services which enhance health and well-being, and which are free from weight-based assumptions and weight discrimination. We would also like to thank ASDAH for their continued support of the WSC.

NAAFA logoFounded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support. Join us today at: www.naafa.org. We would like to thank NAAFA for their continued support of the WSC.

2017-04-21_GgG_LogoThe Gesellschaft gegen Gewichtsdiskriminierung e.V. (German Association against Weight Discrimination) is a socio-political association that aims to improve the social acceptance of fat people and to counteract discrimination based on body weight. It was founded in 2005. We do not regard fatness as a deficit. Rather, we understand fatness as a human rights issue. We provide information and advice, draw public attention to the topic, point out alternatives to discriminatory language and demeanor and do preventive work against weight discrimination. Since 2016, the German Association against Weight Discrimination has been campaigning for the inclusion of weight into the General Equal Treatment Act (GETA) and into State antidiscrimination laws.

Founded in 1936, SPSSI is an international group of psychologists, allied scientists, students, and others who share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of important social issues. SPSSI seeks to bring theory and practice into focus on human problems of the group, the community, and nations, as well as the increasingly important problems that have no national boundaries. SPSSI publishes three scholarly journals, and hosts a broad range of funding opportunities and programs to further its mission. The organization provides its members with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and insights to the critical problems of today’s world. We would like to thank SPSSI for their continued support of the WSC.

Center For Discovery Eating Disorder programs employ an evidence-based, trauma-informed, weight-inclusive treatment approach to address the complex psychological, neurobiological, and medical complications of eating disorders. Using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), multi-disciplinary treatment teams guide clients and families toward recovery. For more information please call 800.760.3934 or visit www.centerfordiscovery.com. We would like to thank Center for Dicovery for their continued support of the WSC.

In 2005, Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD co-founded the Center for Body Trust to offer programs that encourage movement toward a compassionate, weight-inclusive model of radical care to address body oppression, heal body shame and associated patterns of chronic dieting and disordered eating. The Center for Body Trust also offers training for helping professionals and educators interested in adopting client-centered, trauma-informed, justice-based approaches to healing—including an intensive year-long Body Trust Certification Program. Hilary and Dana’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Health, Self, Real Simple, Huffington Post, and on the TEDx stage. Their book Reclaiming Body Trust: A Path to Healing and Liberation was released in August 2022. Learn more at CenterForBodyTrust.com. We would like to thank Center for Body Trust for their continued support of the WSC.

BewegungsstiftungBewegungsstiftung is a community foundation based in Verden near Bremen. It supports social movements working for ecology, peace and human rights with grants and advice. Bewegungsstiftung is supported by over 240 endowment donors from all over Germany. We provide support where others stop: in areas of protest and public action. We do not act charitably, as many other foundations do, but tackle social grievances from the root by supporting social movements as motors of political change.

The Academy for Eating Disorders is a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention. Its goals are to generate knowledge and integrate collective expertise about eating disorders; to provide platforms for the promotion of understanding, sharing of knowledge, and research-practice integration in the field of eating disorders; to build capacity in the next generation of eating disorders professionals; to foster innovation and best practice by recognizing excellence in the field of eating disorders.
AED’s main event is the annual International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), a scientific conference that spans research and education from basic science to the treating clinician. ICED is attended by leading international researchers and includes presentations and discussions on the cutting edge of research in the field.

In operation since 2002, Hope’s EDS is a registered charitable organization committed to helping those living with an eating disorder, and disordered eating, along with their caregivers, friends and family. Our pillars of service include providing online resources to assist with navigating the healthcase system. We offer public education and outreach to raise awareness and to help end the stigma associated with this illness. Focussing on early intervention we recently launched a workshop for adolescent girls to encourage positive body image, self care and media literacy.

The Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada was established in 1995 by President Emeritus, Dr. Robbie Campbell and is a national, not-for-profit registered charity. EDFC is committed to raising funds to support evidence based care for, research into, and increased awareness about eating disorders in Canada. Partnering with other organizations and individuals, the Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada contributes to support a stronger voice for those who suffer from eating disorders.

Body Brave is a charitable organization that offers innovative treatment and support to adults struggling with eating disorders and their families. Our focus is on digital health solutions to optimize accessibility. Body Brave is working with partners across Canada to develop a cutting-edge e-platform to fill the gaps in eating disorder training and education for healthcare professionals.

NIED is the voice for Canadian families, caregivers and individuals who are challenged by Eating Disorders and other co-morbid and concurrent diagnoses. We help caregivers, patients and practitioners fill gaps in care through education and by highlighting better practices in prevention, health promotion and treatment. NIED is working with stakeholders across the country to address the gaps in current services, delays in treatment, lack of pan-Canadian data, and insufficient training for clinicians and healthcare professionals.

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is a registered Canadian charity that has been helping Canadians affected by eating disorders since 1985. We operate Canada’s only national toll-free helpline and instant chat program which provides support, information and referrals to individuals struggling with food and weight preoccupation issues, as well as the families, friends, and professionals who care for them. With a focus on eating disorder risk factors, NEDIC delivers prevention-focused workshops to diverse audiences and facilitates professional development through our outreach and education program. You can visit us at www.nedic.ca to access our services and learn more!

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Each year, NEDA helps millions of people across the country find information and appropriate treatment resources through its toll-free, live helpline, its many outreach programs, and website. NEDA advocates for advancements in the field and envisions a world without eating disorders.

For information and resources, visit www.NationalEatingDisorders.org or contact the National Eating Disorders Helpline: 800-931-2237. Users can also text ‘NEDA’ to 741741 (USA) or 686-868 (Canada) for live support during crisis situations 24/7.

The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) is the national organization focused on providing leadership in the recognition, prevention, and treatment of Binge Eating Disorder (BED). As the first eating disorder organization to integrate weight stigma concerns and education in to its outreach and programming, BEDA is committed to further increasing awareness of weight stigma and its intersection with the development and maintenance of eating disorders.
BEDA is the founding organization of International Weight Stigma Awareness Week which takes place annually during the last full week of September. For more information and to join us in creating an international awareness movement as an individual or organization visit http://bedaonline.com/events/weight-stigma-awareness-week/. We would like to thank BEDA for their continued support of the WSC.

Sheena’s Place is a Toronto-based community mental health charity that supports individuals affected by eating disorders. Sheena’s Place offers a wide range of professionally-facilitated groups to individuals (ages 17+) who live with an eating disorder or disordered eating, as well as their families and friends. All programs are free of charge and are based on self-referral. Please visit www.sheenasplace.org for more information.

The Looking Glass Foundation for Eating DisordersLooking Glass Logo is a BC-based charity of prevention and support for those suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders — and those who love them. We are about getting to the other side of eating disorders, to eventually achieving a world without this devastating disease. To that end, we offer innovative programs to facilitate eating disorder prevention, early intervention, support, recovery, and sustained relapse prevention.

Jessie's LegacyThe Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program provides education, resources and inspiration to prevent eating disorders and address disordered eating. Created and operated by Family Services of the North Shore, this innovative program supports BC youth, families, educators and professionals through online resources, live events, social media, and the Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves movement.

PlusIncPlusInc is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the District of Columbia (E.I.N. # 46-4104034) promoting a size-friendly society without discrimination or stigma (IRS 501c3 Determination pending approval). Our mission is to promote the equal and fair treatment of people of all sizes. Our purpose is to promote size-friendly public policy initiatives, educate stakeholders about size-friendly products and services, and combat size-related discrimination and stigma through public education activities.

Hate Free Culture is a project founded in 2014 by the Agency for Social Inclusion and funded by the EEA and the Czech government. Hate Free Culture targets young people and works closely with schools and using social media to raise awareness, provide information, and counter hoaxes and misleading or false news stories. Innovatively, they also reach out to haters online, conducting interviews with them and asking why they feel the way they do. Their goal is to bring people together, take on difficult conversations, and work for a more inclusive society. The project has given rise to Hate Free Art, Hate Free Zones, a Hate Free Fest branding for festivals, amongst other outputs.

Founded by Dennis Relojo, Psychreg is an online platform in psychology, mental health, and well-being. To achieve its core aim of being generous in providing people with relevant information, it operates in six strands: (1) blog; (2) podcast; (3) open access publication*; (4) mental health stories; (5) events (including the 1st International Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Education – ICPCE 2018, to be held on 2nd–4th August 2018 at New Era University in the Philippines); and, (6) an international organisation.

*Psychreg Journal of Psychology (PJP) welcomes submissions from all researchers in psychology and allied fields, and particularly encourages submissions from postgraduate researchers. PJP is published in June and December, but will continuously accept submissions throughout the year.


Body Image coverBody Image is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality, scientific articles on body image and human physical appearance. Body image is a multi-faceted concept that refers to persons’ perceptions and attitudes about their own body, particularly but not exclusively its appearance. The journal invites contributions from a broad range of disciplines – psychological science, other social and behavioral sciences, and medical and health sciences. The journal publishes original research articles, brief research reports, theoretical and review papers, and science-based practitioner reports of interest. We would also like to thank Body Image and Elsevier for their continued support of the WSC.

2022 special issue on Weight as a Social Identity. Drs Paula Brochu and Jeffrey Hunger, eds.

Fat Studies journalRoutledge Journals is proud to publish Fat Studies, the first academic journal in the field of scholarship that critically examines theory, research, practices, and programs related to body weight and appearance. Routledge is one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works, and publishes content that spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Behavioural Sciences. We would like to than Fat Studies and Routledge for their continued support of the WSC.

Psychology of Women QuarterlyPsychology of Women Quarterly (PWQ) is a feminist, scientific, peer-reviewed journal that publishes empirical research, critical reviews and theoretical articles that advance a field of inquiry, brief reports on timely topics, teaching briefs, and invited book reviews related to the psychology of women and gender. For more information about PWQ, visit: pwq.sagepub.com. We would also like to thank PWQ and Sage for their continued support of the WSC.

Frontiers is an award-winning Open Science platform and leading open-access scholarly publisher. Our mission is to make high-quality, peer-reviewed research articles rapidly and freely available to everybody in the world, thereby accelerating scientific and technological innovation, societal progress and economic growth.
Appetite is an international research journal specialising in behavioural nutrition and the cultural, sensory, and physiological influences on choices and intakes of foods and drinks. It covers normal and disordered eating and drinking, dietary attitudes and practices and all aspects of the bases of human and animal behaviour toward food. We would like to than Appetite and Elsevier for their continued support of the WSC.
July 2016 special issue on Weight Stigma and Eating Behavior. Profs Robert Carels and Janet Latner, eds.
Wiley is a world leader in publishing Psychology research, including in Social Psychology where we proudly publish many of the top journals in the field. We provide authors with a positive and rewarding publishing experience. Please visit Wiley Author Resources to find out more about how Wiley supports authors and submit your manuscript to one of our journals today.
BMC_logo_main_flat_230x65pxFor 15 years, BioMed Central have been making scientific research freely accessible and discoverable through partnerships, innovation and collaboration with the scientific community. Dedicated to open research, we now publish over 290 quality peer-reviewed journals in Biology, Clinical Medicine and Health.


GMFR LogoExclusively for women, Green Mountain at Fox Run is a healthy living retreat that teaches how to live healthfully and happily, free of feelings of restriction and deprivation often associated with dieting and the thin ideal. Founded in 1973, GMFR pioneered the ‘non-diet’ approach to health and well-being. In a truly unique environment, the experts at GMFR dispel the myths of “no pain, no gain” and “thin is in” to help women discover and sustain successful individualized healthy living patterns – recognizing that every woman is different, and every shape and size is beautiful. GMFR also offers special programs for women who binge and emotionally eat at its newly-opened Women’s Center for Binge & Emotional Eating (WCBEE). In their women only environment, GMFR and WCBEE foster a safe environment free of judgment about body size and fitness, and empower participants to adopt new eating, exercise, and lifestyle attitudes and behaviors. Visit fitwoman.com for more information.
NVivo is software that helps researchers organise and analyse unstructured information and qualitative data. Whatever your materials, your field, and your approach, NVivo provides a workspace to help you at every stage of your project – from organising your material, through to analysis, sharing and reporting. NVivo was developed to support analysis of rich data typically collected in the fields of social science, health and humanities and is extensively used by researchers in these disciplines around the world.
C is for Cookie is a cozy little café in downtown Reykjavik serving up excellent coffee, breakfast, lunch, and of course cookies (and brownies and cheesecake and … well, you get the idea). The café is run by the brother of this year’s stigma conference host, Sigrun Danielsdottir, and won the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014 and 2015. Check out their Facebook page for details of opening hours and location, or click here for a review on reykjavik.com.

Prague Special Tours was established by Ivan Galik in 2010 after for more than 10 years tour-guiding experience. The main aim was to focus on tours for visitors with a different focus on the city, going under the skin, or under the ground in many cases and providing tours, which in general other companies don’t offer. This focus makes Prague Special Tours one of the most unique tour companies in Prague.



BH Lounge. Lingerie that fits – for all shapes and sizes.
BH Lounge is different from other lingerie stores. There are no shop windows and no walk-in customers – fitting is by appointment only. Instead, there are two changing rooms with friendly lighting, a real vintage sofa and, of course, lots of beautiful lingerie and swimwear. From sporty to chic. In very small and very large sizes. We welcome people of all genders, welcome people of color, people of all ages and all body shapes. Fittings in English and German. Online orders are also accepted. For in person, visit us at Kestnerstraße 45A, 30159 Hannover. Or see our website at https://bhlounge.de/

sheego Logo_burgundy Claim_schwarz RGBSheego. The curves company. Plus size is not a size category for us, but a way of life. It stands for a plus in self-confidence, sovereignty and charisma. The perfect fit and the use of high-quality and increasingly sustainable materials are top priorities. In addition to our online shop sheego.de, we are present on the largest fashion platforms and offer distinctive, fashionable styles in German sizes 40 to 58. Inspiration and advice are just as important as service. For more information, visit https://www.sheego.de/

Bon Prix
We are delighted to include bonprix as a sponsor of the 2014 Weight Stigma Conference. They offer a huge range of Womenswear in sizes from 6 to 32, and all at the same price. They don’t have a Plus range; larger women are not a special population. Bodies are just bodies and they all deserve to wear great clothes. Check out the bonprix website to see their huge range of high-quality Womenswear, Lingerie, Shoes, Accessories, Sports, Swimwear, Menswear and Childrenswear. We would also like to thank bonprix for sponsoring a student travel bursary.

Bodacious provides you with beautiful and luxurious fashions in sizes 10 to a curvy 24! Perfect fit, flattering styles, and oh-so-comfy fabrics!
Mission and Vision Statement: To Celebrate all bodies through awesome fashion choices. To actively support and grow the concept of love, warmth, acceptance and play within and without the store. To share what we do in a bigger way to encourage women to take risks, have fun and play in their fashion/lives. 109-1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC (Granville Island) / 2-1113 Langley Street, Victoria, BC. We are open 10–6 every day. www.bodacious.ca

Education and Training

husiegel_bwThe Humboldt University of Berlin is the oldest university in Berlin and one of the most renowned universities in the world. Founded in 1810, the range of teaching and research offered by the University encompasses all fundamental research disciplines in the humanities, social and cultural sciences, law, life sciences, mathematics and natural sciences, medicine, agricultural sciences and research into sustainability and antiquity. Almost 38,000 young people from over 100 countries are currently studying at Humboldt University in 172 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs supervised by around 480 professors. Around 34 percent of the research staff come from other countries.

Here at Leeds Beckett, we are a modern professional university with ambition. Our Weight Stigma and Discrimination Research Group has been established to explore the effects of weight stigma, and to develop novel, impactful interventions to reduce bias and address the social, psychological and physical effects of weight stigma and discrimination. We are driven by a mission to make a positive and decisive difference to people, communities and organisations through innovative, high-quality research that transforms policy and practice.

Current projects within the research group include: exploring the delivery and response to the National Child Measurement Programme, reducing stigmatising media portrayal, and examining the impact of weight stigma on the practitioner-patient relationship.

The University of Birmingham has taught and research graduate opportunities in the Schools of: Health and Population Sciences; Social Policy; Government and Society; Psychology; Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences; and Philosophy, Theology & Religion.
University of Kent, Psychology
The host of the 2014 Weight Stigma Conference, the School of Psychology at the University of Kent is ranked within the top 20 UK psychology departments for world-leading research. Social psychology research in the school includes a focus on prejudice and discrimination, equality, identity, diversity and change, justice and morality, attitudes and decision making, status, leadership and power, conspiracies and social movements, security and risk, social influence, and personality. Visit the school website for more information.
Well FoundedWell Founded delivers training workshops designed for health, fitness, social care, children’s services and community development professionals and undertake bespoke commissioned training. Workshops are based on a Health At Every Size(R) approach – a health-centred initiative that teaches a compassionate approach to self-care and respects every body – whatever our weight, shape, fitness level, health status or health behaviours. Workshops are accredited by the British Dietetic Association. You can also train to become an approved Well Now facilitator.
School of Psychology, SurreyThe School of Psychology at the University of Surrey has a wide range of taught and research graduate courses in Psychology, including an MSc Health Psychology and MSc Social Psychology. Visit the school website for more information.
Public Health at SouthamptonThe Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton offers a range of taught and graduate courses. We offer a challenging and rewarding masters programme in all aspects of public health with an optional pathway that specialises in nutrition. For more information, please visit our public health pages.
Leeds MetLeeds Metropolitan University School of Health and Wellbeing has achieved worldwide recognition for research in Healthy Communities, Men’s Health, Childhood Nutrition and Obesity and health promotion. We offer a portfolio of courses leading to professional registration and membership, and our academics demonstrate an outstanding standard of educational practice. Visit our school pages for more information.
BC Dairy Association (BCDA) has been delivering leading edge nutrition education programs and resources to teachers and health professionals in BC for nearly 40 years. These programs and materials use a positive approach to teaching nutrition. BCDA also offers teacher workshops to help address weight bias in the school setting and to support students to develop a positive body image.
shortform_KinesiologyOutreach_b282rgb- banner for IMThe UBC School of Kinesiology Outreach Program provides community engagement and student development opportunities that deliver long term health and well-being to the UBC and Greater Vancouver community through physical activity programs supported by the expertise of the School of Kinesiology. Programs promote physical activity amongst all ages and abilities in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere and focus on evidenced-based practices. There are two programming areas: UBC Active Kids and UBC BodyWorks. The Active Kids program philosophy emphasizes positive sport experience and encourages lifelong participation in physical activity. We currently provide developmentally appropriate recreational gymnastics, soccer, basketball, multisport, and physical literacy classes. The BodyWorks Fitness Centre is UBC’s only adult-oriented fitness center. We offer evidenced-based programming focused on strength, conditioning, flexibility and cardiovascular health with a focus on older adult populations.

We’d like to thank the Department of Psychology within the Faculty of Education at Charles University, Prague, for logistical help and providing volunteers on the ground during the 2017 conference.

The National Centre for Eating Disorders in the UK provides professional training, information for patients and carers, and access to a network of ED treatment providers.


blackpearllogoPearlsong Press: Healing the world one book at a time. Fat Studies, fat-friendly fiction, non-fiction, and self-help. Plus free stuff. We would like to thank Pearlsong Press for their continued support of the WSC.

Kroppurinn er kraftaverkKroppurinn er kraftaverk,er falleg bók fyrir börn um líkamsvirðingu. Hún beinir athygli barna að öllum þeim frábæru hlutum sem líkamar þeirra geta gert og hjálpar þeim að læra að hlusta á líkama sinn. Bókin er skrifuð með það að markmiði að kenna börnum að þykja vænt um líkama sinn, hugsa vel um hann og bera virðingu fyrir líkömum annarra. Það er mikilvægt veganesti sem öll börn ættu að fá að taka með sér út í lífið. Höfundur bókarinnar er Sigrún Daníelsdóttir og Björk Bjarkadóttir myndskreytti.
Your Body is Brilliant: Body Respect for Children (published in the US as Your Body is Awesome: Body Respect for Children is written by Sigrún Daníelsdóttir and illustrated by Björk Bjarkdóttir. The book teaches body awareness, body appreciation, body care and respect for body diversity to young kids through simple, empowering messages and quirky illustrations. It is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, an independent company committed to publishing books that make a difference. The company was founded in 1987 in London and has since then grown to the point where it publishes over 250 books a year, which are available throughout the world.

Combined Academic PublishersCombined Academic Publishers are the leading European distributor of University Presses, with a range of titles related to Fat Studies, body image, and stigma.

Logo BeltzJuventaBeltz Juventa is a social science publisher with a sophisticated and extensive range of books and magazines. For more information, visit: https://www.beltz.de/fachmedien/juventa.html/

Ashgate is a leading independent press dedicated to publishing the finest academic research. Each year Ashgate publishes around 800 new books across fifteen subject areas in the Social Sciences and Humanities, representing the best academic research from around the world. They have an extensive series of books on the Sociology of Health and the Body.

fat-lives-coverWe would like to thank Routledge for donating a copy of ‘Fat Lives‘ by Irmard Tischner as prize for the best oral presentation during the 2013 conference, and “The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, ethics and healthy choices” by Chris Mayes for the best oral presentation during the 2017 conference.

Oxford University PressOxford University Press is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. They have a large range of books in the areas of fat studies, gender studies, sociology and social psychology. We would like to thank OUP for donating a copy of ‘What’s wrong with fat?‘ by Abigail C Saguy as a prize for the best oral presentation during the 2014 conference.
poiltics-of-size-coverWe would like to thank ABC-Clio for donating a copy of The Politics of Size: Perspectives from the Fat Acceptance Movement, edited by Ragen Chastain, as the Best Oral Presentation prize, WSC 2015.

Fat Bodies book cover

We would like to thank Palgrave Macmillan UK for donating a copy of Fat Bodies, Health and the Media by Dr Jayne Raisborough as the Best Oral Presentation prize, WSC 2016.

We would like to thank Routledge for donating a copy of the updated and expanded of 2nd edition Fat by Prof Deborah Lupton, a 2017 WSC keynote speaker, as a prize for Best Oral or Poster Presentation at WSC 2018. “Fat is a book about why the fat body has become so reviled and reviewed as diseased, the target of such intense discussion and debate about ways to reduce its size down to socially and medically acceptable dimensions. It is about the lived experience of fat embodiment: how does it feel to be fat in a fat phobic-society? Fat activism and obesity politics, and related controversies, are also discussed.” The book is due out on 30th May, 2018, but you can pre-order here.
We would like to thank Sage for donating a copy of Qualitative Dissertation Methodology: A Guide for Research Design and Methods by Dr Nathan Durdella as a prize for Best Oral or Poster Presentation at WSC 2018. The book functions as a dissertation advisor to help students construct and write a qualitative methodological framework for their research. Drawing from the challenges author Nathan Durdella has experienced while supervising students, the book breaks down producing the dissertation chapter into smaller pieces and goes through each portion of the methodology process step by step. Supplemental videos are also available. The book is available in paperback and e-format, and the author can deliver a web talk with small bulk orders.
We would like to thank Melville House, UK for donating an advance copy of Virgie Tovar’s new book, You Have the Right To Remain Fat as a prize for Best Oral or Poster Presentation at WSC 2018. You Have the Right to Remain Fat is a scathing attack on diet culture, fatphobia and ingrained sexism from bold author, activist and body image expert Virgie Tovar. Virgie is hungry for a world where bodies are valued equally, food is free from moral judgment, and you can jiggle through life with respect. In concise and candid language, she delves into unlearning fatphobia, dismantling sexist notions of fashion, and rejecting diet culture’s greatest lie: that fat people need to wait before beginning their best lives.

Other sponsors

Fat Studies: Past, Present, Futures is the third fat studies conference held in New Zealand. Speakers from around the world share fat scholarship and activism over 18-19 June, 2020 at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. Our keynotes are Esther Rothblum, Editor-at-Large of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society, and Sonya Renee Taylor of The Body is Not an Apology. Those unable to attend in person will be welcome to register as online attendees, which will provide livestreaming of the conference and on-demand videos of the conference presentations for up to a year. More information will be avaialable soon at Tinyurl.com/FSNZ20.

Friend of Marilyn is a fat positive radio show, blog, Twitter feed, YouTube channel, Facebook page, and more, hosted by Cat Pausé. Cat is the lead editor of Queering Fat Embodiment (Ashgate). Her research focuses on the effects of fat stigma on the health and well-being of fat individuals and how fat activists resist the fatpocalypse. Her work appears in scholarly journals such as Somatechnics, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and Narrative Inquiries in Bioethics, as well as online in The Huffington Post and The Conversation, among others. She hosted Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections in 2012 and Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, Embodiment in 2016. She is currently editing the International Handbook of Fat Studies for Routledge.

Food Psych® Programs offers intuitive eating coaching and online courses to help people make peace with food and their bodies. We also produce Food Psych, a weekly podcast about intuitive eating, Health at Every Size®, body liberation, and diet-culture recovery. Food Psych was launched in 2013 and is now one of iTunes’ top 100 Health podcasts, reaching tens of thousands of listeners worldwide. Founder Christy Harrison is an anti-diet dietitian and journalist who writes regularly for major media outlets, and her forthcoming book Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being, and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating will be published in January 2020 by Little, Brown Spark. Visit foodpsychprograms.com to learn more about us and our work.

Rebecca Scritchfield, author of Body Kindness, and host of the Body Kindness podcast is a HAES registered dietitian and certified exercise physiologist. She offers weight inclusive individual, group, and online programs centered on well-being enhancement. Rebecca’s Body Kindness philosophy has been studied at UNC Charlotte MIND-BATCH lab – mindful self-care and depressive symptoms in pregnancy and postpartum. She primarily works with kids, chronic dieters and people in recovery from Binge Eating Disorder. She mentors helping professionals at all stages of career in an 8-month HAES-informed supervision program, delivered online, with group and private sessions.
www.bodykindnessbook.com Body Kindness private counseling

The Gaudiani Clinic provides outpatient medical care to patients of all genders with eating disorders or disordered eating, of all shapes and sizes. The Gaudiani Clinic also offers person-centered medical care to those who are recovered from an eating disorder. Under the care of Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED, and Elissa Rosen, MD, CEDS, patients receive expert, HAES-informed internal medicine care provided in a comfortable, discreet, compassionate, and accessible private practice setting. Drs. Gaudiani and Rosen are two of a very limited number of outpatient internists in the United States carrying the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist designation. The Gaudiani Clinic operates under a hybrid-concierge treatment model and is located in Denver, Colorado with both local and telemedicine treatment plans available. For more visit www.gaudianiclinic.com.

Dr. Linda Bacon, a former professor, has a 15+ year history teaching courses in social justice, health, weight and nutrition. She has mined her deep academic proficiency, including 3 graduate degrees, her clinical expertise, and her personal experience to write two bestselling books, Health at Every Size and Body Respect, co-authored with Lucy Aphramor, both of which are credited with transforming the weight discourse. In her forthcoming book, Being, Belonging and Body Liberation, Bacon takes her inspiring message beyond size, to shaping a culture of empathy, equity and true belonging. A compelling speaker and storyteller, Dr. Bacon delivers a unique blend of academic expertise, clinical experience, and social justice advocacy, all couched in a raw honesty and compassion that touch and inspire. Visit lindabaconspeaks.com and lindabacon.org for more information.

In 2015, Icelanders celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage. During this anniversary year, the City of Reykjavik proudly supports a series of events that serve to cast light on women’s lives and their fight for equality. As part of this historic celebration, the City of Reykjavik is proud to support the 3rd Annual International Weight Stigma Conference.
Fosshotel Reykjavík is a four-star hotel that opened in the summer of 2015 and the largest hotel in Iceland. The hotel is located in Reykjavík’s business district, a short walking distance from Laugavegur, the main shopping street. The hotel has 16 floors with many rooms offering magnificent views of the city and the bay area. The top floor features seven suites, four of which can be used as meeting rooms. Fosshotel Reykjavik will feature first class conference facilities on the second floor. Unwind with Icelandic draught beer at the Bjórgarðurinn / Beer Garden or enjoy dining at Fosshotel Reykjavík’s restaurant, Haust.

Hotel Holt is a small four-star boutique hotel located on a quiet street in Reykjavík city center. The hotel has 41 rooms and is open year round. Guests can choose from four types of rooms so everyone should be able to find the right room for them. All rooms are decorated and furnished in a classical style with the guest’s utmost comfort in mind. Gallery Restaurant is Iceland´s premier dining experience with options to fit every palate.All rooms and public areas are adorned with classic paintings and artwork from some of Iceland´s most famous artists. Hotel Holt houses Iceland´s largest privately owned art collection that creates an unique atmosphere of quiet elegance and comfort in the heart of the city.
CCU combined logoCanterbury Christchurch University Events and Conferencing service offer a huge range of rooms and unique venues across their campus network, ideal for meetings, conferences, and banquet-style dinners, with the stunning St Martin’s Priory venue perfect for wedding receptions. Please contact the conference and events team for more information and to arrange the best option to suit your requirements and specific needs.
Kent Hospitality logoKent Holidays offer a wide range of bed & breakfast or self-catering accommodation set in 450 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking the historic city of Canterbury. Facilities include a variety of restaurants, bars, and bistros; superb indoor and outdoor sports facilities; and free on-site parking. Accommodation is available during the Easter and Summer vacation periods.

FSNZ16 Logo 2016Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, & Embodiment is the second fat studies conference held in New Zealand. Speakers from six countries will share fat scholarship and activism over 29-30 June, 2016 at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Our keynotes are Katie LeBesco, author of Revolting bodies? The struggle to redefine fat identity, and Substania Jones of the Adipositivity Project. Those unable to attend in person are welcome to register as online attendees, which will provide livestreaming of the conference and on-demand videos of the conference presentations for up to a year.

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