Urge the Manitoba Government to END Size & Weight Discrimination NOW #SizeismSUCKS

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My name is Lindsey Mazur, Registered Dietitian (RD), advocate to end weight discrimination. As a dietitian, I have heard numerous painful stories of shaming, stigma and discrimination from clients that has impacted their mental and physical health and wellbeing. My work in health care has been dramatically impacted by witnessing the pain and lack of compassion shown to those who live in larger bodies.  

October 2016- A Private Member’s Bill 207 was introduced in the Manitoba Legislature to have "physical size and weight" included in the Human Rights Code to prevent discrimination based on body size.  This bill was not accepted.

November 23, 2016-The Private Member's Bill was reintroduced as Bill 200. 

November 2, 2017-Bill 200 was REJECTED with a vote in the Manitoba Legislature. The vote was 35-16, with our majority government voting 'no'.

March 19, 2018-The Bill 216 was re-introduced, for the 3rd time. 

October 25, 2018-Bill 216 is being moved through to the "Committee Stage" to hear more from Manitobans!!!

October 31, 2018-Bill 216 was "killed" at the end of the Committee Meeting by of vote of 6-4 with the PC members voting NO. Despite overwhelming statements in favour and favourable questions and comments from all political parties, the Bill was "killed" with no explanation why. 

November 1, 2018-Bill 216-The PC members of caucus did not agree to leave for the Bill to go forward when the request was made by a member of the opposition after question period. 

November 8, 2018-Bill 216 officially "dead" BUT with the overwhelming community response to support the advocacy, I look forward to working with all political parties to move this forward in the new year. Stay tuned! 

I started Manitobans Against Weight Stigma to rally the community to urge the Government of Manitoba to pass this long overdue human rights legislation to END weight discrimination NOW! 

How can you help?

I have received permission to share a couple of stories from local women who have experienced size, weight and appearance-based discrimination:

  • Jacquie is a fitness instructor in Winnipeg who was told that no one would want to train with her because of the size of her body and a project was assigned to a thinner and younger trainer despite Jacquie’s level of fitness ability and superior professional qualifications to do the job.
  • Another Winnipeg woman applied for a promotion within her organization, and was denied; she was told that the woman who was offered the job was not more qualified than her but rather, more attractive.  

Did you know…

  • Studies have shown that over half (54%) of People of Size report having been discriminated against in the workplace.*
  • More than 2/3 (69%) People of Size report having been discriminated by doctors.*
  • In a study of adolescents in schools, 92% reported that they witnessed larger bodied students being teased about their weight.*

*(Source: Yale Rudd Center, 2012)

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