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

Spring, 2024

Like many of us I’ve spent much of my life obsessing about my weight.

Our culture of thin affects us all; feeling you don’t fit the ‘thin ideal’ can cause negative body image, low self-esteem and lead to disordered eating.

With the new weight loss drugs being touted the default seems to be we ‘should’ be looking to change our body size. It’s an individual choice, and for many it will literally be a life saver. But no one – including yourself – should be made to feel bad about themselves, whatever their body size.

I work with you to challenge attitudes towards weight – ones which persist throughtout our life span. Through talks and workshops at schools, libraries and on-line I help educate and encourage frank discussion on this most sensitive of issues.

We’re all in this together – it will be good to hear from you!


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

What No One Tells You About Weight (Loss)

What No One Tells You About Weight (Loss)

My most popular talk – I’ll repeat it online later this year but until then have a read below,... Read More

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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

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