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NEDA’s merger with BEDA last fall was an important step toward unifying the eating disorders community and improving access to services and support across the entire spectrum of these illnesses. NEDA is committed to continuing many of the contributions BEDA made to the eating disorders field; and for the first time ever, NEDA will host the annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week (#WSAW2019) the week of September 23-27, 2019. 

During NEDA’s first Weight Stigma Awareness Week, we want to help the broader eating disorders community understand why weight stigma should matter to everyone, not only those in higher weight bodies. Especially when it comes to eating disorders—all eating disorders—we, as a community, need to understand how weight stigma and weight discrimination affect people of all sizes, how it contributes to or exacerbates eating disorders in people of all sizes, and how we can all work together with a unified voice to eliminate stigma and discrimination based on body size.

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Join the conversation on social media. Let’s understand how weight stigma and weight discriminiation affects people of all sizes, how it contributes to or exacerbates eating disorders in people of all sizes, and how we call work together with a unified voice to eliminate stigma and discrimination based on body size.

Don't forget to use our campaign hashtags in your social media posts: #WSAW2019 & #ComeAsYouAre, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn

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Chevese Turner, Chief Policy & Strategy Officer

NEDA Continues Legacy of Weight Stigma Awareness Week

Chevese Turner is the founder and former CEO of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) which merged with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in 2018. As part of NEDA’s leadership team, she develops the organizations key policy initiatives, directs its partnerships and communications, and plays a key role in strategic goals and alignment.

Turner is recognized for her expertise around issues involving eating disorders in higher weight bodies and is passionate about changing the conversation around weight and body size. She is dedicated to moving beyond the current dominant weight-focused paradigm to one that is weight inclusive and promotes well-being free from weight stigma and body discrimination. She carries these messages to audiences around the US and abroad in schools, healthcare settings, trade organizations, associations, professional conferences, corporations, and governmental agencies. Turner is also the co-author of the recently published book: Binge Eating Disorder: The Journey to Recovery & Beyond and contributes regularly to podcasts and the media.

Ragen Chastain, NEDA Ambassador

Weight Stigma - The Root of Eating Disorders

Ragen Chastain is a speaker, writer, activist, Certified Health Coach, and thought leader in the fields of Health at Every Size, Size Acceptance, and Corporate Wellness. Ragen has brought her captivating and motivating mix of humor and hard facts to stages including Google Headquarters, CalTech, and IvyQ. Author of the blog danceswithfat, the book Fat: The Owner's Manual, and editor of the anthology The Politics of Size, Ragen is frequently featured as an expert in print, radio, television, and documentary film. Ragen is a three-time National dance champion, and two-time marathoner who holds the Guinness World Record for Heaviest Person to Complete a Marathon (Female), and co-founded the Fit Fatties and the Fat Activism Conference. Ragen lives in LA, and is currently training for her first (and only!) IRONMAN Triathlon.

Ryan Sheldon, NEDA Ambassador

How Weight Stigma Shows Up For Me

A motivational speaker and brawn model, Ryan has been educating audiences about body image and binge eating disorder since his own diagnosis in 2015. Passionate about raising awareness of binge eating and body image issues as an Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, he has shared his story with the Today Show, Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue, among other outlets. An LGBTQ+ man living in a larger body, Ryan also speaks to teens about masculinity, identity, and body confidence. He is currently working on a book about his and other men's experiences learning to eat mindfully and love themselves just as they are. You can find Ryan on Instagram at BingeEaterConfessions.

Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, F.IAEDP

Why Weight Stigma Awareness Week

Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, F.IAEDP, is founder of the Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine. She is author of Questions and Answers about Binge Eating Disorder, A Guide for Clinicians (Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2017). Wendy is in private practice in Miami, Florida and is available for consultation, supervision, and treatment throughout the country via telemedicine. For more information, please visit

Gina Susanna, NEDA Ambassador

Weight Stigma: Privilege and Responsibility

Gina is a writer, blogger, and Instagrammer whose work integrates mental health and eating disorders on the axes of body politics and self acceptance. Currently she runs the Instagram account @nourishandeat, providing inspirational and thought-challenging content, along with sharing her own personal journey. She believes in the power of authenticity and acceptance, working to make sure her followers know that perfection — in life and in recovery — doesn’t exist, and that our bodies in every form are worthy of love and respect. Gina is a frequent speaker at various workshops, panels, retreats, and NEDA walks. She is also currently enrolled in graduate study to receive her Masters in Clinical Mental Health. You can find Gina on Instagram, Twitter, or somewhere under a blanket. With snacks.

Harriet Brown

Weight Stigma: A Mom's Perspective

Harriet Brown’s latest book is Shadow Daughter: A Memoir of Estrangement. She is also the author of Body of Truth: How Science, History and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight—and What We Can Do About It and Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia. She is a professor of magazine, news, and digital journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Deb Burgard, PhD, FAED

What's All the Fuss About Weight Stigma?

Deb Burgard, PhD, FAED, is an eating disorders specialist and activist and one of the founders of the Health at Every Size model and the Body Positive movement. She builds communities where people can find each other and the resources to resist weight stigma, especially in medical and psychological treatment. Her activism includes working with healthcare providers to integrate an understanding of the social determinants of health and creating interventions that address structural oppression and support stigma resistance. She can be found at conferences sparking impromptu dance parties in the pool.

Aaron Flores, RDN

Male Body Image and Weight Stigma

Aaron Flores’s private practice is in Calabasas, CA. He uses Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® in his work to help individuals learn how to make peace with food and their bodies. He is a Certified Body Trust® provider and he also the co-host of the popular podcast, Dietitians Unplugged.

Dr. Lesley Williams

Weight Stigma in Healthcare

Dr. Lesley Williams is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Family Medicine Physician practicing in Phoenix, Arizona where she owns a consultative private practice, Williams Wellness. She has worked with patients with eating disorders for over 15 years. Her areas of special interest and expertise include Health Equity and Size Diversity Advocacy. Dr. Williams currently serves on the Academy of Eating Disorder's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Jessica Richman

Weight Stigma in the Workplace and Beyond

Jessica Richman is the founder and CEO of The Visible Collective. The Visible Collective advises companies on product development, marketing, and new business development to better serve the 71% of higher weight customers in the U.S.


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