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

My name is Lindsey Mazur, Registered Dietitian (RD), ally and 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.  

This fall, Liberal MLA Dr. Jon Gerrard introduced a Private Member’s Bill, 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.

On November 23, 2016, MLA Dr. Jon Gerrard reintroduced Bill 200. In order to be passed, Bill 200 needs the support of Manitoba Government.

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)

Want to learn more? Check out these news stories:

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Manitoba Human Rights Commission
  • The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
  • Premier of Manitoba, Honourable Brian Pallister
  • Attorney General, Honourable Heather Stefanson
  • Supreme Court of Canada

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