Friday, October 28, 2016

Ending Bullying Due to Weight Stigma

This week, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders (ANAD), Binge Eating Disorders Assocation (BEDA) and NORMAL nonprofit (NORMAL) announce the launch of a united initiative to end bullying due to weight stigma.  The project hopes to bring a crucial supplemental programming element to the wellness programs that exist in schools.  One of the first aspects of the program is the documentary Beneath The Floorboards, which is based on the true story of Chevese Turner and her life long struggle with binge eating disorder. “I hope that in sharing my journey, others can find hope and strength. It is time that we shift the way we look at health and weight and recognize that years and years of shaming people for their body size has never worked to motivate individuals to lose weight and, in fact, has contributed to weight gain and eating disorders.”

Watch the trailer, here:


Laura Discipio, Executive Director of ANAD states
“Our society is falling short in the way we look at health; the film showcases the
importance of having a societal shift in the way we think about bodies and weight.”

For more details about the project and important resources, please visit

*For an array of short films and resources by the leading researchers in these topics, please visit NORMAL nonprofit’s ShareCare page on Dr. Oz’s and Oprah Winfrey’s ShareCare website.

Robyn Hussa is the Author and Editor of the We Are The Real Deal blog universe and Founder and CEO of the NORMAL nonprofit.  She is a national speaker on the topics of body image, eating disorders and mindfulness.  Learn more

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