7th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

Announcements

Cancer Research UK fat shaming ‘anti-obesity’ campaign: Sign the petition

The latest ‘anti-obesity’ campaign from Cancer Research UK is even more stigmatising than their last one, an impressive feat. It is also scientifically unsound and makes totally unfounded claims. A group of scientists, healthcare professionals, and advocates penned an open letter to Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive of CRUK. You can read it here if you’re interested. There is also a petition to stop this insupportable advertising campaign, which has over 6000 signatories at the time of writing. You can also say why you are signing, including any personal stories – these will be passed on to CRUK. Access the petition here and please share widely.

Only 3 days to go!! Check out the Information for Delegates page for travel info, places to eat and things to do in London, Ontario.

Only a few tickets left for WSC 2019

Well, this has never happened before. We are almost sold out! There are no tickets remaining for Day 1 of the conference, but we still have four tickets available for Day 2. Check out the amazing line up for Day 2, but better make it quick! Click here to register now.

WSC 2019: Silent auction

Hard to believe that there are just 10 days to go until this year’s Weight Stigma Conference. We’ve had a number of generous donation of books, artwork, and services and we have decided to auction these off to raise money for next year’s Bursary Fund. So we thought we’d reach out to our wonderful followers to see if any of you have something you’d like to offer.

If you have something you would like to donate, please email us via stigmaconf@gmail.com by 20th June to be included in the brochure. We can accept donations up until the conference, but we won’t be able to acknowledge anything donated after the 20th in the conference brochure.

The auction will be open to non-delegates also – we will post details online on our website on 26th June and people will be able to bid remotely. More information coming soon.

WSC 2019 agenda now online (+ other conference news)

The programme for the 7th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference can now be viewed on the conference website.

REMINDER: If you are planning on staying at the conference hotel, reservations must be made by Sunday 26th May to get the group rate.

Our 2019 Weight Stigma Conference Bursary Fund has so-far funded seven full and one partial bursaries. Thank you to everyone who has donated through the registration page, the website, and the GoFundMe page. The bursary fund is entirely crowd funded and all donations help to make the WSC more accessible to a wider group of people. We now have a waiting list for this year’s conference. Please do consider making a small (or large) donation, either at Registration, or through our GoFundMe page.

 

Late-breaking poster abstracts will be accepted until 31st May, 2019.

If you are attending the conference, do check the Information for Delegates page regularly as we will be adding useful information between now and the conference, including details of a Facebook group where delegates can interact before, during, and after the conference – coming soon.

REGISTER NOW

2019 Weight Stigma Conference early bird registration ends soon

7th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, 27–28 June, 2019

University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

**REGISTER NOW: Early bird rates available until 13th May**

“Moving the Dial” in Weight Stigma Research and Resistance

This year’s theme focuses on new research and theoretical contributions that move the dial on weight stigma and how to resist it. The two-day interdisciplinary program will cover the entire weight stigma research spectrum—from basic, to applied, to clinical, to policy—and feature an outstanding roster of international speakers and local experts. We encourage abstracts that offer novel and fresh insights and/or address existing gaps and open questions on how to bridge research and practice in this field, and challenge and resist weight stigma.

We are honoured to present our keynote speakers for this year’s Weight Stigma Conference:

  • Dr Jill Andrew is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto-St Paul’s. She is an award-winning equity educator, body image advocate, speaker and writer. As the co-founder of Body Confidence Canada, #SizeismSucks, and Body Confidence Awareness Week, Andrew advocates to end size and appearance-based discrimination, harassment and bullying throughout the life spectrum.
  • Dr Amy Farrell is Professor of American Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Dickinson College. She is the author of two books: Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism (University of North Carolina Press, 1998) and Fat Shame: Stigma and the fat Body in American Culture (New York University Press, 2011).
  • Dr Jennifer Gaudiani has been a leader in the eating disorders field for over 10 years. Her Gaudiani Clinic is a HAES (Health At Every Size)®-informed provider and embraces treating people of all shapes and sizes. She is a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders and author of ‘Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders’.

The Weight Stigma Conference is an inter-disciplinary event that brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds (e.g., public health, government and public policy, psychology, medicine, sociology, anthropology, allied health professions, education, sports and exercise science, social sciences, media studies, business, law, activism, and the lay public) to consider research, policy, rhetoric, and practice around the issue of weight stigma. For more information, visit: stigmaconference.com

Bursary Fund – Supporting Accessibility

The Weight Stigma Conference is a not-for-profit event. Although we try and keep prices down, we realise that the conference will nevertheless be beyond some people’s means. Rather than raising the cost of tickets, we will make every effort to raise additional funding through donations and sponsorship to allow us to give bursaries to individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.

A Donation option is available on the registration website for both delegates and non-attendees who are in a position to contribute a little extra to help us provide financial assistance where needed. Alternatively, donations can be made via our GoFundMe page. Thank you for your generosity.

If you are interested in formal sponsorship of the event, please contact us for more information.

Early-bird rates will be available until 13th May, 2019. Standard rates apply from 14th May.

REGISTER HERE

 

FYI. MRC Public Health Intervention Development Scheme

FYI. Medical Research Council Public Health Intervention Development Scheme

The MRC Public Health Intervention Development scheme (PHIND) supports the early stages of development of interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue. Studies funded by the scheme will develop the necessary evidence to underpin the later development and evaluation of novel public health interventions.

The scheme supports projects that will develop innovative new interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue, and seeks to encourage a novelhigh risk approach to intervention development. Complex, population level interventions, with a focus on non-health care settings (such as: transport, education, employment, leisure and the built environment), are considered particularly suitable. Health care settings are not excluded, but projects should demonstrate potential for improved health of general, high risk or vulnerable populations.  In addition, proposals that align with the NIHR Public Health Research Programme or for MRC Global Health schemes are particularly welcomed.

Applicants can apply for up to £150K (MRC Contribution), for a maximum of 18 months. Funds may be requested to support costs attributable to the study including investigator and research staff time, consumables, equipment and travel.

Proposals should address the early stage of development of new interventions including qualitative and quantitative primary research, developing theory and designing the intervention.

Where appropriate, investigators are strongly encouraged to include user participation in their developmental study, as absence of user engagement at an early stage can reduce the success of the intervention.

Proposals should demonstrate a pathway to further development and evaluation of the proposed intervention and criteria for progression to the next stage of development should be detailed within the Case for Support. To help fully evaluate the impact of PHIND awards, in addition to the standard MRC reporting conditions, grant holders will be required to inform the scheme manager of project outputs.

Assessment process

Applications will be directly assessed by a scientific panel, comprising a range of public health research and practitioner expertise, without additional external peer-review. The panel will have close links with NIHR and MRC global health to ensure the public health relevance of the proposal and to increase the potential success of future applications for piloting and evaluative studies.

The panel will assess applications against the following criteria:

  • The importance of the public health question and need for an intervention to address the issue(s)
  • The proposed approach including methodology, innovation and likelihood of the outcomes of the proposed study to fill a current gap in knowledge
  • The research team, research environment and stakeholder partners

How to apply

Proposals to PHIND must be submitted through the Joint electronic-Submission (Je-S) system.

Please use the Guidance Document when preparing your application and case for support.

Please also refer to the 10 tips for writing a PHIND application, available in the Document Download section.

Please note that the Guidance Document (Case for Support questions 2 and 5) has recently been updated (May 2017), to request more detail on the likely proposed intervention and methodology that would be used in the early-phase study.

Full details are available on the MRC website.

Deadline: 18th July 2019

Source: https://colesresearchblog.wordpress.com/

2019 Weight Stigma Conference registration now open

7th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, 27–28 June, 2019

University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

REGISTER NOW: Get Early Bird Rates

“Moving the Dial” in Weight Stigma Research and Resistance

This year’s theme focuses on new research and theoretical contributions that move the dial on weight stigma and how to resist it. The two-day interdisciplinary program will cover the entire weight stigma research spectrum—from basic, to applied, to clinical, to policy—and feature an outstanding roster of international speakers and local experts. We encourage abstracts that offer novel and fresh insights and/or address existing gaps and open questions on how to bridge research and practice in this field, and challenge and resist weight stigma.

We are honoured to present our keynote speakers for this year’s Weight Stigma Conference:

  • Dr Jill Andrew is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto-St Paul’s. She is an award-winning equity educator, body image advocate, speaker and writer. As the co-founder of Body Confidence Canada, #SizeismSucks, and Body Confidence Awareness Week, Andrew advocates to end size and appearance-based discrimination, harassment and bullying throughout the life spectrum.
  • Dr Amy Farrell is Professor of American Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Dickinson College. She is the author of two books: Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism (University of North Carolina Press, 1998) and Fat Shame: Stigma and the fat Body in American Culture (New York University Press, 2011).
  • Dr Jennifer Gaudiani has been a leader in the eating disorders field for over 10 years. Her Gaudiani Clinic is a HAES (Health At Every Size)®-informed provider and embraces treating people of all shapes and sizes. She is a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders and author of ‘Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders’.

The Weight Stigma Conference is an inter-disciplinary event that brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds (e.g., public health, government and public policy, psychology, medicine, sociology, anthropology, allied health professions, education, sports and exercise science, social sciences, media studies, business, law, activism, and the lay public) to consider research, policy, rhetoric, and practice around the issue of weight stigma. For more information, visit: stigmaconference.com

Bursary Fund – Supporting Accessibility

The Weight Stigma Conference is a not-for-profit event. Although we try and keep prices down, we realise that the conference will nevertheless be beyond some people’s means. Rather than raising the cost of tickets, we will make every effort to raise additional funding through donations and sponsorship to allow us to give bursaries to individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.

A Donation option is available on the registration website for both delegates and non-attendees who are in a position to contribute a little extra to help us provide financial assistance where needed. Alternatively, donations can be made via our GoFundMe page. Thank you for your generosity.

If you are interested in formal sponsorship of the event, please contact us for more information.

Early-bird rates will be available until 13th May, 2019.

REGISTER HERE

 

WSC 2019: Oral presentations deadline approaching

Just a reminder that the deadline for submissions for oral presentations at this year’s conference is 29th March. Poster submission will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis.

For more information about the conference and to submit an abstract, please visit: stigmaconference.com

 

FYI. Call for Panelists 2019 NCA: Survival and Thin Privilege in a Fatphobic Society

FYI.

Call for Panelists for the 2019 National Communication Association convention: Survival and Thin Privilege in a Fatphobic Society

Thin privilege is under-researched, under-theorized, and generally under-discussed within communication studies. Akin to Nakayama and Krizek, who worked to map discourses of whiteness in communication scholarship to exemplify the ways in which it is deployed as an unmarked identity category, we seek to use this panel as a space to expose and discuss the nuanced ways thin privilege manifests in lived experience and underlies discourse of the body. The panel will be organized around individual mini-presentations, but we hope to dedicate the majority of the panel to discussion. While various methodological perspectives are welcome, we intend to organize the panel with a critical orientation to thin privilege, body size, fatness, and intersecting identities. We are interested in proposals that are grounded in critical fat studies scholarship and/or critical communication scholarship. We are particularly interested in the following themes, but welcome other ideas as well:

– Thin privilege and colonialism
– Intersections of thin privilege with other forms of privilege/oppression
– Mediated representations of thin privilege and/or thin privilege in pop culture
– Diet culture
– Thin privilege in discourses of “health” Lived experience as thin or not thin in relation to thin privilege
– Thin privilege as an under-discussed form of privilege
– Communication and thin privilege

If you’re interested in participating on this panel, please send a 150-200 word proposal and short bio to cassidy.ellis@du.edu and katrina.webber@uconn.edu no later than Friday, March 15, 2019. Participation preference will be given to women of color, queer and trans people of color, indigenous folx, disabled folx, fat folx, and graduate students or contingent faculty.

Cited: Nakayama, Thomas K. and Robert L. Krizek. “Whiteness: A Strategic Rhetoric.” Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 81, no. 3, 1995, pp. 291-309.