Ms Sharon Haywood

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  • Qualifications:BSc Psychology (Hons), MSc Health Psychology (Distinction)
  • Position:Research Associate
  • Department:HAS - Allied Health Professions
  • Telephone:+4411732 86224
  • Email:Sharon.Haywood@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Sharon earned a first-class BSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an MSc in Health Psychology with distinction through Aston University. Her MSc research project investigated the relationship between clothing size availability in Argentina and body dissatisfaction in young Argentine women, the results of which she aims to add to a lacking evidence base.

Prior to joining CAR, Sharon founded the NGO AnyBody Argentina in 2011, the Argentine chapter of the global movement Endangered Bodies, dedicated to challenging beauty standards and fighting size discrimination. She led her team in delivering the country's only annual national questionnaire regarding clothing size availability and the potential health impacts of not being able to find clothing in one's size, which is regularly cited by media and government. On several occasions Sharon presented these findings and her recommendations derived from them in the Senate and Congress in support of national public health legislation aimed at eradicating sizeism in the fashion industry. These results also provided an evidence-based foundation in which to build an ongoing collaborative campaign with over 60 local, national, and international clothing retailers willing to be size-inclusive. She is regularly consulted by Argentine and global media regarding her activism.

Sharon has published various articles and essays in English and Spanish for magazines, newspapers, and online platforms on body image, weight stigma, beauty norms, and feminism. Between 2013 and 2016, whilst a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Dove Self-Esteem Project (DSEP)she authored several articles for the DSEP website aimed at educating and supporting parents in raising body-confident children.

In her current role on the DSEP partnership team, she assists on a set of Indonesia-based projects aimed at adolescents, which involve the development and evaluation of a digital intervention, the translation and validation of various measures related to body image and wellbeing, and the evaluation of a body image school-based intervention.

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