My obsessive interest in society’s obsession with body size began over 25 years ago.

Why? Teaching History and Women’s Studies at a girl’s school I witnessed at first hand the effect poor body image had on my students.

This led to years of personal research into all aspects of our ‘culture of thin’, but instead of persuing a planned higher degree I decided I must do something.

As I love teaching and speaking I was inspired to set up the Weight Debate.

Through my talks (and a good dose of humour) I help people understand and to effectively deal with the obesity epidemic, and its fallout of weight stigma, disordered eating and poor body image.

My mission? To speak to as many people as possible…  

SO…how did this New York girl get here? After studying at London University I decided to stay in the UK and make my life here. My strong links to the US have given me an Anglo-American perspective which can be quite interesting…

I’m also a parent, so I’ve first-hand experience of the societal pressures young people experience. As an older adult I understand how the fastest growing group with eating disorders is the 50+ age group.

I passionately believe that we must be active, not passive.

Because only then can we ultimately influence the weight debate….

Interested? I hope so.  You can get in touch with me via email on Jeryl@weightdebate.co.uk, message me via Twitter @weightdebate or use the Contact form –  I will come back to you shortly!

 Did you know?

I am a supporter of the UK Government’s Body Confidence Campaign and the Obesity Action Coalition. My memberships include ASDAH: the Association for Size Diversity & Health; NEDA: The National Eating Disorders Association (US), and BEAT, the UK’s leading eating disorder association. I am also a member of the PSHE Association.