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Promoting Size-Inclusive Healthcare: Weight Stigma, a Health Issue this Thursday

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Do you know what weight stigma is? Or how it impacts health regardless of a person’s size/shape/or weight?  Weight stigma is a health equity and public health issue that leads to disparities in health outcomes, healthcare access, education, employment, health insurance, and many other areas.  Weight-stigma is more than just the negative attitudes, actions, and assumptions based only on weight, shape, or size of a person, it’s also a structural oppression, a social determinant of health, and for many, a chronic traumatic experience that leads to negative health experiences across the lifespan.  This learning event will provide an overview of weight stigma as a health issue, including definitions, data, health impact, and real-life examples of structural weight bias.  It will also provide tools to reduce exposure to weight stigma, challenge your weight bias, and move away from weight as a measure of health for your benefit, and for the benefit of those you find in your care.

Mark your calendar and join SACE and Krista Handfield, LICSW, on Thursday, January 27, from 11-1:30 for this important conversation! Register for this event via Engage here. This will count towards the co-curricular certificate in Social Determinants of Health as SDoH Intensive.