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Weight Bias and How it Impacts our Clients with Carmen Cool, LPC

  • Strength in Motion 5277 Manhattan Circle Boulder, CO, 80303 United States (map)

Our bodies are not problems to be solved.  But we engage in the project of trying to "fix" them because we live in a system that says certain bodies are more worthy and valuable, and certain bodies have more access to certain rights. Weight bias impacts people across the weight spectrum, and is a form of oppression that we can - and need to - do something about. Body size is not the problem, but oppression around body size is. We must all confront our feelings about fat, seek to learn about weight and size from a cultural lens, and dismantle the weight-biased beliefs that we all hold. 

In this presentation, you will learn: 

  • Traditional assumptions about weight that obscures the lived experiences of our clients

  • How to identify weight bias and thin privilege

  • Ways to support clients who have been hurt by weight bias

  • Changes that need to happen in our field to make our work weight inclusive

  • How to use a Health At Every Size approach to provide ethical, compassionate and weight inclusive care.

Carmen is a psychotherapist, educator, speaker, and activist.  She has been a weight-inclusive therapist for 19 years, helping people heal their relationships with food and their bodies. She’s also started and run a nonprofit, created youth programs, and speaks internationally on Health At Every Size ®, weight stigma, and eating disorder prevention.  Her work is focused on dismantling diet culture, bridging activism and therapy, and supporting the next generation of body positive leaders. She is the past Board President of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, was named “Most Inspiring Individual” in Boulder, Colorado and was the recipient of the Excellence in Eating Disorder Advocacy Award in Washington, DC.