The CON-RCO EveryBODY Matters Collaborative represents a strong multi-disciplinary partnership of weight bias and obesity stigma researchers from across disciplines and research areas. Our goal is to go beyond simply raising awareness of the existence of weight bias and stigma in Canada, towards promoting behaviour, practice, and policy change among key stakeholders.
Dr. Arya M. Sharma, MD/PhD, FRCPC - Scientific Director, Canadian Obesity Network
Sara Kirk, PhD
Erin Cameron BA, BEd, Dip(Comm), MA(IIComm), PhD
Shelly Russell-Mayhew BSc, MSc, PhD
Mary Forhan BScOT, MHSc., PhD
Angela Alberga BSc, MSc, PhD
Ximena Ramos Salas MSc, PhD Candidate, Managing Director, Canadian Obesity Network
Membership in this collaborative is open to any CON member with an interest or expertise in weight bias and obesity stigma. If you are interested in joining this collaboration, please contact Ximena Ramos Salas via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a summary of your experience and expertise, along with brief details of any resources and/or publications relevant to weight bias and obesity stigma.
The CON EveryBODY Matters Collaborative has worked on many initiatives and is primed to advance previous work in this area.
First, the 1st Canadian Weight Bias Summit (January 2011) and the 2nd Weight Bias Summit (March 2015) identified a number of research needs, and provided clear direction for areas to target in terms of education and action. We are in the planning stages of the 3rd Weight Bias Summit with aims of creating educational resources and workshops to reduce weight bias in education, healthcare and public policy.
Second, we have just completed a systematic review of weight bias reduction interventions among health professionals (Alberga, Russell-Mayhew et al.) that will provide the evidence-informed direction for the implementation of innovative solutions in weight bias in the healthcare sector.
Third, we have engaged educational theory related to anti-discrimination work and health-related stigmas more broadly to help inform our educational intervention focused on weight bias reduction.
Finally, we have developed weight bias reduction interventions in Canada including but not limited to: