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.

5 Comments for this Post
  • Judy
    May 30, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Most interesting. Is it possible to subscribe?

    Would also like to suggest a topic – The reaction we have to fat contestants on competitions like The Voice, as well as the impact of their weight on their chances of winning.

    • oacjames
      May 30, 2013 at 5:49 am


      Thank you for your comment. If you are a blogger, please utilize the “RSS feed” button in the top-left corner to stay connected to our blog. If you are not a blogger, the best way to ensure you’re kept up-to-date with all our postings is to join the OAC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. You can do this by simply visiting any of the OAC’s social networking sites by clicking the social networking icons in the top-right corner of this Web site.

      If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We thank you for your interest in this NEW blog series.

      James, OAC Director of Communications

    • Melinda Watman
      June 6, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Hi there Judy – sorry for the delay in my response. This is a great topic and I will present it after our next topic. Thanks for your interest and suggestion and I look forward to people’s response to this topic.

  • Andrea Kaufman
    June 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    This so wonderful. There is no one more knowledgable and articulate than you on this subject. Not to mention so many other subjects as well. So proud of you.

    • Melinda Watman
      June 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Thanks Andrea! Feel free to suggest topics you are interested in – we are always looking for new ideas to discuss.

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