The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America -WLSFA.ORG launched the #TAKETHEOATH challenge to advance the idea that Obesity Stigma commonly referred to as Fat Shame is destructive and no longer socially acceptable. The definition of stigma is “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person” From the time we are able to understand the spoken language we are taught fat is bad, stupid, lazy, gluttonous and shameful. We are taught obesity is a fault and it OK to shame people affected by it. Please help the WLSFA end fat shame by taking our oath and challenging your friends to do the same. Working together, we can build social pressure to end this painful and destructive practice. Join the #TAKETHEOATH challenge.

Education is key to the change we seek. The WLSFA is building a library of educational resources to help supporters of the #TAKETHEOATH project learn about Fat Shame and Obesity Stigma. Please send us links to resources you find so that we may share them here with everyone. Together we can end fat shame one oath at a time!

Fat Shame  & Obesity Stigma Educational Resources

Professional Groups

Obesity Society

Yale Rudd Center

Obesity Action Coalition


Articles and Books

Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture

Psychology Today “Fat Shame”

Philly.Com  “Weight Stigma” Weght Discrimination At Work

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