The non-profit Weight Debate will help you make sense of the conflicting messages surrounding weight and how we perceive our bodies.

  • Talks & Workshops for groups, organisations, public bodies and schools.
  • Book Reviews giving insights into body acceptance, body image, diet, obesity and eating disorders.

  • Resources including supportive websites, podcasts, blogs and films. 
  • Blog posts to educate and provoke discussion. 

A message from Jeryl Scurr

When I founded the Weight Debate in 2014 who expected that seven years later we’d be in the midst of a global pandemic?

With higher weight people seemingly at more risk I find myself (in my little part of the internet…) working even harder to ensure that this disease is not used to further stigmatise already vulnerable people.

With good reason.

As a former 6th form teacher, I witnessed at first-hand the effect of critical body size messages:

Negative body image, poor mental health, low self-esteem, under-achievement, disordered eating, and ironically, weight gain.

To name a few.

While we’ve long been bombarded with media ideals of the ‘perfect’ size and shape, the explosion of social media sites plus a large increase of people with obesity has turned this into a perfect storm…

I can help.

Talks & Workshops

Weight Debate on lap top screen The Weight Debate - talk at Dress for Success St. ALbans School talk

I don't talk at you - I engage with you...

Now offered online, my talks entertain, provoke and educate, using powerful graphics and interactive Q&A sessions!

Titles include: 

  • Doesn't Every BODY Deserve Respect?
  • A Crisis of Obesity: Truth, Lies and Statistics
  • What No One tells you about Weight (Loss).
  • Is Fat (Still) a Feminist Issue?

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Blog & Events

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Body Image in Ethnic Communities

Of course you can change your body! What is it like to grow up in a society where the... Read More

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Weight: Shaming, Stigma and Bias

In this post I have attempted to give you an introduction to fat shaming, weight stigma, and weight bias.... Read More

Weight Debate - Junk food

The 5×5 Food Fight

From the Weight Debate archive: Because some things never change. A few years ago I managed to attend this... Read More

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"Dress for Success Greater London is a charity who empowers women to succeed in life and work. We have used Jeryl on many occasions at our Professional Women’s Group meetings and Career Development days. Jeryl's sessions on Body Image and confidence are informative, participative and FUN. Our clients thoroughly enjoyed the workshops!”

Fionnuala Shannon, Executive Director
Dress for Success, Greater London

"It’s a pleasure working with someone who is as passionate and strong-minded as yourself, who works towards supporting and helping all ages understand and learn to have confidence. It's people like you who make every day better than the day before. So all in all, thank you Jeryl for coming to our library."

Sara Ashbourne, Librarian
Paddington Library, London

"The choice of speaker is given careful consideration at our school. Jeryl gave an excellent talk entitled "Why is Fat (Still) a Feminist Issue?" to the Sixth Form girls. She was able to empathize with her audience at the same time as delivering a very clear and thought-provoking discussion. From the talk I would wholeheartedly recommend Jeryl without reservation."

Susan Scriven, 6th Form Tutor
Queenswood School

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