Weight Bias – What can we do?
Weight bias is everywhere and manifests itself in both obvious and subtle ways. Not surprisingly, even for those of us committed to fighting it, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss about what to do when we see it and perhaps even more confounding, what to do we do if we find ourselves feeling some of these biases.
On June 1, the OAC will unveil a new blog series, brought to you by guest blogger Melinda J. Watman, BSN, MSN, CNM, MBA, analyzing weight bias and much more. The blog series will explore the personal relationships we have with weight bias – experiencing it, observing it, reacting to it, doing something about it, feeling it ourselves and any other related topics that arise.
JOIN US JUNE 1 as we unveil this brand new blog series. We look forward to your feedback, comments, questions and more!
About Melinda J. Watman, BSN, MSN, CNM, MBA
My professional bio contains information about many academic degrees, a successful career spanning clinical practice, healthcare I.T., a French restaurant and jewelry and interior design.
My personal bio is what matters here. I was fat most of my life and affected by severe obesity for many of those years. I experienced weight bias both personally and observationally and, being fat, I felt impotent and unjustified in doing anything about it. I bought into the myth that I had brought this down on myself and “deserved” what I got. I also felt defending others was likely to be treated as laughable given my own situation. So I stood by silently – until recently.
I am not sure what suddenly struck me there was something I could do to help decrease the pervasiveness of weight bias and discrimination. I do know the OAC definitely led me in this direction. Somehow it all came together and my current activities as an advocate are of utmost importance to me.