The weight of stigma: Clay workshop

Run time: 11:00 – 12:00

Join artist Mellissa Monsoon for a hands-on clay tile making workshop, to explore the stigma surrounding body image and the effects it can have on patient wellbeing. 

Mellissa has been working with charity Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension UK (IIH UK) to explore questions of how the body should be described by medical professionals, friends and family, and society. 
Often, the medical profession can be too quick when giving a patient their diagnosis and link it to being overweight before digging deeper.

IIH is a rare brain condition that affects the body by producing too much spinal fluid, causing pressure to build up around the brain leading to other symptoms such as migraines. There is no known cause or cure, however, being overweight is currently presumed as the leading cause of IIH, inadvertently shaming individuals who are trying to seek help.

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Please note that this event will involve discussion of obesity and medical stigma

14 September 2024 - 11:00
Stratford Library