SheByShe asked women from across America to share their opinions in our latest opinion poll, "Women's Weight and Body Image Concerns". We gathered insights on topics including weight-related bullying, and weight-related workplace discrimination. We also gathered many heartfelt stories that capture the devastating impact of these issues. No matter what size or shape you are, or how you feel about your own body image, the results to this opinion poll are well worth reading. Click through the entire slide show below.
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The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity has featured the results from our recent survey, "Women's Weight and Body Image Concerns" in it's blog, Rudd Radar. Read the entire post here. SheByShe thanks the Yale Rudd Center for all their help in shining a light on the women's weight and body image concerns.
According to the Journal of American Medicine, more than one-third of American adults (34%) are obese, and are vulnerable to weight-related prejudices and stigmas, including weight-related bullying.
During March and April 2014, SheByShe explored the topic of weight-related bullying in a survey titled, “Women's Weight and Body Image Concerns”. Over 700 women from across America took the survey and shared their heartfelt stories about weight-related bullying.
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Across the country, efforts are underway to eradicate workplace discrimination. Yet, in a recent SheByShe women’s opinion study, 15% of the respondents believe they have been discriminated against or suffered prejudice because of their weight.
Some forms of weight-related discrimination are now illegal. In 2011 Congress extended workplace disability protection to morbidly obese people and in April and July of 2012 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached settlements in its first two major cases around weight-related workplace discrimination. Clearly this work is not preventing this damaging behavior.
Read this post for the stories from real women.
SheByShe would like to thank Dr. Rebecca Phul from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity who provided insight and counsel to us while preparing the results of our recent "Women's Weight Concerns and Body Image" survey. We've included Dr. Puhl's biography here.