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
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About me

Sharon Haywood joined the CAR team as a Research Associate in November 2019, bringing to the role a wealth of experience in the realm of body image via her work as an activist and writer.

She earned a BSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an MSc in Health Psychology 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.

In 2011, Sharon founded the NGO AnyBody Argentina, the Argentine chapter of the global movement Endangered Bodies, dedicated to challenging beauty standards and fighting size discrimination. She has 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 has 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 have 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.


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