Don’t Judge a Book by it’s Cover

The Upper Yarra Body Image Group hosted their first regional symposium on Monday 2nd September and it was almost standing room only at Lilydale Lakeside Conference Centre.

The informative event was suitable for health promoters and dieticians alike. Experts from research, service delivery and academia presented on weight sigma and weight inclusive approaches and the audience was treated to a mindful eating exercise accompanied by chocolate.

Jenny Jackson, Executive Officer of Eastern Domestic Violence Service presented on the link between gender inequality and violence and how body shaming is one of the tools of abuse used in these situations. The short film “48 things women hear in a lifetime” resonated with the audience, predominately filled with women.

The presenters highlighted the need for more action in the area of body image generally, but also specifically in the outer east which sees a higher than average incidence of eating disorders. With ‘weight loss’ interventions proving time and time again to fail in the long term, the focus on weight inclusive approaches are showing promise in increasing health and wellbeing beyond short term weight loss.


For more information about the Upper Yarra Body Image Group and their work, please contact Louise Wigg 0407 838 961.