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Now Recruiting Pilot Test Participants for New Online Weight Bias & Stigma Resource for Health Care Professionals!

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BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services has developed a new resource about weight bias and stigma for health care professionals in BC, and we want your feedback!

What are weight bias and stigma?
Weight bias is defined as the negative weight-related attitudes, beliefs, assumptions and judgments toward individuals who are at the ends of the weight spectrum.
Weight stigma is the possession of some attribute or characteristic - such as excess weight or being underweight - that is devalued in a particular social context.

What will I learn? 
BalancedView is designed to enhance the awareness, knowledge and skills of health professionals in the area of weight bias and stigma, including:

  • Describing some the consequences of weight bias and stigma
  • Learning about challenges experienced by people who are overweight or obese when accessing the health care system
  • Exploring commonly-held beliefs about individuals who are overweight or obese and reflecting on personal attitudes about weight and shape.
  • Describing strategies for implementing a health-centred approach in practice

How can I participate?
Pilot testing will be taking place from mid-August until the end of September. The full resource is expected to take 1-2 hours to complete, and pilot test participants will receive a $50 honorarium for completion of the course (including the pre and post-test questionnaires).

If you are interested in being part of the pilot test group please submit your information by clicking here. The deadline for submission is Monday, August 11th, 2014.

For more information about this project, please contact Charlene King at charlene.king2@cw.bc.ca.