That's Not Normal: A Weight Stigma Unlearning Series

Weekly on Tuesday
at 10:30am (MST)

Every Tuesday for 7 weeks from January 23 – March 5th
9:30 am PT | 10:30 am MT | 11:30 am CT | 12:30 pm ET

That’s Not Normal is a 7-week education and support series that dissects our cultural learning of weight stigma and anti-fat bias. By identifying WHERE and HOW weight stigma and anti-fat bias is learned and reinforced, we can begin to do the work of unlearning concepts that perpetuate harmful narratives that are inherently rooted in racism, harms the larger body/fat community and stigmatize us all. Each session will feature an educational segment from Meredith Nisbet, MS, LMFT, CEDS-S, National Clinical Response Manager and Hannah Sharkey, RDN, LDN, CEDS, Clinical Dietitian Training Specialist as well as personal stories of lived experience from our Say It Brave Collective and Community Partners.

The support group series will consist of a total of seven weekly sessions, each lasting 60 minutes. Sessions will be conducted virtually through Zoom allowing participants to join from the comfort of their homes.By offering a supportive virtual space, this series aims to empower individuals to dissect their own personal learning and biases related to weight stigma. This support series is free of charge and open to anyone in the community who has ever had a curiosity around where weight stigma and anti-fat bias is learned and perpetuated. 

7-Week Overview

January 23
Session 1: Generational/Family Beliefs and Judgments

January 30
Session 2: Community/social/friends, school/educational systems

February 6
Session 3: Intersectionality and Weight Stigma

February 13
Session 4: Check-in & Debrief on Learnings so far

February 20
Session 5: Medical/Lack of Nutritional Education and Fake Beliefs/Advice

February 27
Session 6: Media – TV, Commercials, Movies, Magazines

March 5
Session 7: Social Media – Influencers, Fake Information, Before/After Photos, Models


Educational presentations and lived experiences will be recorded from each session and compiled into one offering at the conclusion of this support series for anyone who is unable to attend live. To protect the privacy of attendees and create a safe space, attendees will be asked to keep their camera's off and microphones muted, and ask questions in the chat to be fielded by the moderators.

Please note, this unlearning series is a supplemental support offering and is not a replacement for higher levels of care, therapy, or medical advice.

Closed captioning services are provided in this virtual offering.

Support Groups at Eating Recovery Center

Whether you are struggling with an eating disorder or your mental health, we believe that with trusted, expert support and community connection, healing is always possible. Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center offers several free support groups led by trained facilitators for those who need some extra support. These groups are available for alumni, community members and families of loved ones in treatment.

To ensure your safety and that of our teammates, our support groups are currently only taking place online. This means that you're able to connect with others and our staff from the convenience of your home!

We are excited to connect with you!

Have questions or need more information about this group?
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