- The lonely child on the playground, who’s always picked last for games
- The highly competent worker who is paid less than his peers and gets bypassed for promotions because he’s larger
- The anxious patient who fears getting regular check-ups because she knows she will be shamed for her weight
- The friend who nervously laughs along as the group laughs at fat jokes, hoping no one will realize she’s who they are laughing at
These people are the victims of weight stigma, the last socially-acceptable prejudice and one that can do fatal harm to emotional and physical health.
BEDA’s National Weight Stigma Awareness Week raises awareness of this common and entrenched social injustice.
To find out what you can do to help stop weight stigma, visit our Weight Stigma Awareness website.