Weight Bias in Education
Weight bias in education can come from peers, teachers and even administrators. Students look up to their teachers as role models and look at them for guidance and knowledge. If teachers or administrators are showing weight bias towards students it can affect their learning and give them a sense of rejection.
- More emotional
- Less likely to succeed at school
- More likely to have family problems
Teachers and administrators’ opinions can often shape how students see themselves and can affect their self-confidence. This can affect them for the rest of their lives even when they are out of school. If we stop weight bias in education, then students may be able to have higher confidence levels and have better social relationships.
Bullying And Bias From Peers
Bullying and bias from peers can continue throughout a student’s entire educational experience. Harassment and rejection from peers because of weight is all too common and can cause serious long-term damage to students.
- Lowered self-confidence
- Weight gain
- Eating disorders
What can I do to #StopWeightBias ?
1. Ask yourself if you hold negative opinions about people with excess weight. If so, remember obesity is a complex disease with multiple causes including genetic, biological, and other noncontrollable factors.
2. Challenge people who express negative opinions about people with excess weight.
3. Be Part of the Solution. With your help, we can build a better world, free of weight bias. We deserve a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
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