Anti-Fatphobia writer calls for ‘anti-fat bias’ training, condemns ‘triggering’ workplace health programs

Anti-Fatphobia writer calls for ‘anti-fat bias’ training, condemns ‘triggering’ workplace health programs

An anti-fatphobia writer wrote an op for NBC THINK warning readers that efforts to promote healthy living in the workplace marginalize fat people.

“As someone who is fat, I hate January with a fiery passion,” Kate Bernyk, communication strategist wrote. “Following each holiday season, it seems there’s no escape from the weight-loss industrial complex. “

Benryk lashed out at health initiatives in the workplace, pointing out that it cannot be ignored like social media posts.

“I can report social ads and mutes friends, but how can I escape an email from human resource encouraging staff to join a team-weight loss challenge with monthly weigh ins? She asked. “Or a boss who encourages her entire team to buy Fitbits so that we can compete in daily steps?” she asked. Both of these were real events that occurred at my previous jobs. )”

Obese person measuring his belly.

Obese person measures his belly.
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The author suggested that fat Americans should be one of the groups included in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

“Employers seem to rarely consider fat people when putting together their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals,” Benryk wrote. “But creating a space where plus-size employees feel welcome is just as important as making sure that all other groups feel included and diverse. The author stated that “fat is not an indicator of health” and that “fatphobic measures like BMI or fat percentage” are not reliable ways to assess health.

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Benryk proposed what employers should be doing instead.

“Weight discrimination, and anti-fat bias could all be addressed in workplace harassment training,” she wrote. “And any workplace wellness program that specifically incentivizes weight loss should be acknowledged as harmful and ended immediately. “

The author stated that her weight should have no bearing on her ability to pursue her career.

Obesity has become widely discussed as a serious health liability amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obesity has become widely discussed as a serious health liability amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“The size of my body has nothing to do with my work. “I recognize that this may not always be true for certain professions (one reason why I’m not an jockey or a cave diver),” she later wrote. She claimed that her usefulness cannot be measured with a scale. “

Alexander Hall works as an associate editor at Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Alexander.hall@fox.com.

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