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Reykjavik adds ‘weight’ as a protected category to equality regulations

Edited: This legislation was passed in 2016 but an English translation has now been made available.

The City of Reykjavik has just added body size to the list of characteristics that must be used as a means of overt or unintentional discrimination in its Human Rights Policy. This fantastic news comes as a result of the tireless work of activist Sigrún Daníelsdóttir, founder of Body Respect Iceland, eating disorders campaigner, author of children’s book Your Body Is Brilliant, and host of the amazing 2015 Weight Stigma Conference. The mayor of Reykjavik gave the opening address that year, and it was discussions arising out of this that led to the new policy.

Reykjavik joins Santa Cruz and San Francisco CA, Madison WI, Urbana IL, Washington DC, Binghampton NY, and the state of Michigan in forbidding discrimination based on weight or body size. Efforts are underway to introduce similar legislation in other states and countries.

But the Reykjavik declaration goes further than banning outright discrimination. It requires that in its role as a public authority, employer, and service provider consider weight diversity when making policy decisions and in the provision of its various services, such that higher weight people are not unintentionally disadvantaged by structural or systemic inequalities built into everyday life, and that the city and its employees do not inadvertently promote negative attitudes or stereotypes about higher-weight people. It also explicitly states that NGOs concerned with body respect must be consulted when their input might be relevant.

To read the exact terms of the policy statement, click here.

FYI. Call for proposals: Abundant Bodies Network at Allied Media Conference, Detroit, June 14th



FYI. (And you can hop on a plane right afterwards and come to WSC 2018!)

Calling All Abundant, Fat, Plus Sized, Succulent, and Thick Peoples From All Over!

This year at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, Michigan we are coming back together as a network gathering to continue our conversations and expand on the work we’ve done in previous years. This is Abundant Bodies 5th Anniversary and we want to make this year BETTER than ever. How can we work together to deconstruct fat stigma and other forms of marginalization while building a stronger and more inclusive fat community? How can we challenge ourselves to decenter whiteness, capitalism, ableism, cissexism, heterosexism and classism while we explore what it means to be fat? We will explore these questions and create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and community building.

We are looking for a variety of session proposals that may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Fat community 101 –

  • How to love your body
  • Ally building for thin folks and privileged fat folks
  • Body autonomy and social media
  • Anti-racist fat activism
  • Skillshares and tools for surviving and thriving

Bodies, health and movement –

  • Breaking down connections between health and weight
  • Body movement / dance / practice for all bodies
  • Fat sexuality
  • Super-sized community members

Fatness at its intersections –

  • Fatness and femme identity
  • Fatness and masculinity
  • Sci-fi bodies as fat, queer and people of color
  • Dis/ability and fatness
  • History of indigenous / people of color / Black / trans / dis/ability / supersize fat activism
  • Tools for young fat folks
  • Breaking down discussions about fatness through race, class, gender and other identities

Submit a proposal for the gathering here.

Everyone at the Abundant Bodies team hopes to see you there on June 14th to kick off another amazing AMC weekend.

**The deadline for proposals is April 1st.**

WSC 2018 Keynote Speakers Announced

We are delighted to announce the keynote speakers for the 6th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference being held on 18-19th June 2018, Leeds, UK.

  • Dr Lucy Aphramor (Well Now)

Dr Aphramor has a PhD in weight science and is one of the founding members of the international Critical Dietetics movement and the UK group Dietitians for Social Justice; and is an elected committee member of the European Specialist Dietetic Network (ESDN) for Public Health.

  • Professor Rhiannon Turner (Queens University, Belfast)

Professor Turner is a social psychologist with a specific focus on intergroup relations, prejudice, and prejudice-reduction. Professor Turner is Director of the Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations at Queen’s University, Belfast.

  • Dr Emma Rich (University of Bath)

Dr Rich is a Reader/Associate Professor in the Department for Health at the University of Bath. Over the past 15 years, she has undertaken critical health research examining the relationship between the cultures, policies and practices of schools and young people’s health, wellbeing and identities.

Visit stigmaconference.com for more information about our keynotes, and details of abstract submission and conference registration.

2018 Weight Stigma Conference: Abstract deadline reminder

Don’t forget: the deadline for submission of abstracts for oral presentations and conference sessions (workshops, symposia, etc.) is March 3rd. Visit the website for more information and to submit your abstract.

The deadline for poster abstracts is 30th March.

2018 Weight Stigma Conference registration now open

Early-bird registration for the 6th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference is open! Early-bird rates will be available until 15th April 2015.


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.

WSC 2018 venue and accommodation announced

The 6th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference will be held at Cloth Hall Court, the dedicated conference facility for Leeds Beckett University. We have made arrangements for a special rate at the Prinicipal Met Hotel, just next to the venue. More information on venue and accommodation options is available at: https://stigmaconference.com/info-for-delegates-2018/

WSC 2018 abstract submission deadline extended

The deadlines for oral and session abstract submissions for the 6th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference have been extended to 3rd March, 2018. Poster deadline is 30th March, 2018, but poster decisions will be made on a rolling weekly basis. For more information, visit https://stigmaconference.com/abstract-submission/.

FYI. Qualtrics Academic Bursaries


Online research platform Qualtrics are introducing a series of academic bursaries.

Three projects will be chosen for this year’s bursary, with grants of £7,500 (€8,500), £4,500 (€5,000) and £3,000 (€3,400) available.
The grants can be used for the full range of Qualtrics Research Services, which include:
  • Project design and programming
  • Sampling and fielding
  • Data processing
  • Analysis and reporting
Deadline: 28th February 2018


FYI. Weight stigma and physical activity study recruiting participants

FYI. Study on weight stigma and physical activity being conducted by Christy Greenleaf, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Sharing with internal and social media networks etc much appreciated. Participation is open to high-weight women currently exercising twice or more per week. Not limited to US participants. For international sizing conversions, click here.

Are you female?
Are you 18 years of age or older?
Do you wear size 14 (US) or larger clothes?
Do you engage in physical activity or exercise 2 or more times per week?

If you answered yes to these questions, please consider participating in a research study exploring how physical activity and sedentary behavior relate to women’s body image.

Participation involves completing an anonymous online survey and takes approximately 30 minutes. Participation is completely voluntary.

To participate, please visit ­­­­­­­­­­­“https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eEBA7DrWqL04KTr
Enter “active2018” as the password.

This study is being conducted by Dr. Christy Greenleaf, Department of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. If you have questions, please e-mail Dr. Christy Greenleaf (CGREENL@UWM.EDU).
UWM IRB #18.145; approval date 1/3/2018

6th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference: Call for abstracts

The 6th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference is being held in Leeds, UK on 18-19 June, 2018. We are now accepting abstracts for oral presentations and posters, as well as session proposals including brief symposia, round tables, debates, and workshops. We are also interested in non-traditional submissions (e.g. media, performance, art). For more information about the conference, please visit: stigmaconference.com.

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, 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.

The 2018 Weight Stigma Conference theme is dedicated to the topic of weight stigma in public health. Public health policy and campaigns have the potential to promote health and wellbeing for all. However, in recent years, some policies and campaigns have been criticised as misguided, conflating health with body size, inappropriately singling out higher-weight people, or using blatantly stigmatising imagery.The goal of the conference will be to provide an opportunity for critical discussion about current practices and to seek strategies that will ultimately improve the development of equitable public health policies and campaigns.

We are accepting abstracts for sessions, oral presentations and posters on subjects related to weight stigma including, but not limited to:

  • Weight stigma in public health
  • Weight stigma in society
  • Weight stigma in medical settings
  • Weight stigma in research, science, and academia
  • Weight stigma in the media
  • Weight stigma across social identities
  • Weight stigma and social justice
  • Public policy implications
  • Policies, interventions, and campaigns to reduce weight stigma
  • Internalised weight stigma
  • Impact of weight stigma on health and wellbeing

We are particularly interested in presentations related to this year’s theme. Presentations on new and emerging research in other areas pertaining to anti-fat bias are also welcome. Students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

There are prizes for the best oral presentation and best poster.

Submission deadlines:

  • Symposia, workshops, and other sessions: 9th February
  • Oral presentations: 23rd February
  • Poster presentations: 30th March (poster decisions will be made on a rolling basis)

For more information and to submit an abstract, please visit https://stigmaconference.com/abstract-submission/