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.
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.
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.
Founded 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
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.
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.
Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, are the co-founders of Be Nourished, a leading voice in the mission to address body oppression and heal body shame. Since 2005, they have been holding space for people looking to let go of chronic patterns of dieting, disordered eating, and weight cycling. After years of deep listening, Hilary and Dana co-created their Body Trust® approach to help people find a way to truly heal and move towards a compassionate, sustainable form of self care. In a culture dominated by weight bias and body oppression, they believe reclaiming Body Trust® is the key to feeling psychologically and physically nourished.
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!
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 Disorders 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.
The 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.
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 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.
July 2016 special issue on Weight Stigma and Eating Behavior. Profs Robert Carels and Janet Latner, eds.
Routledge 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 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
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
Kroppurinn 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.
We 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fat 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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