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Who are we?
THE F WORD FAT™ is dedicated to improving how the world views, perceives and acts towards those affected by obesity. We are part of a society that accepts and to a large degree, encourages “fat shaming”. THE F WORD FAT™ provides resources, education and counseling for individuals, groups and organizations to help identify areas of weight bias and discrimination and find ways to change those responses.

Examples of our services include continuing education for healthcare professionals, anti-bullying programs, corporate awareness and improvement, train the trainer, and one-on-one informational sessions. Our solutions are creative, nonjudgmental and engaging.

We also work with individuals trying to make sense of the myriad of options available for weight management. We provide fact-based, comprehensive information in a supportive environment resulting in a clear and direct path to making a decision. We  offer this service both in person and remotely.

Why us?
We understand how hard it is to talk about and acknowledge the presence of weight bias and shaming. And we know how to make it possible for it to be done sensitively and successfully. We have the expertise needed to get through this touchy topic and arrive at a more productive and compassionate end.

Melinda J Watman, BSN, MSN, MBA President and Founder, THE F WORD FAT™

I created the THE F WORD FAT™ largely as a result of my own personal obesity journey. I was overweight from the age of two and a half and with a maiden name of Katzman, it took about 30 seconds for the “mean kids” in grammar school to turn it into Fatzman, giving me a first hand understanding of how painful and damaging these experiences are.

I lived my life with obesity trying every “this is guaranteed to work” solution until I decided to have bariatric surgery in 2000. The decision came after many hours of my own research as there wasn’t anyone to turn to. This experience led to our one-on-one services.

THE F WORD FAT™ is my contribution to providing ways to prevent others from experiencing fat shaming, weight bias and discrimination. It is also my way of helping individuals overwhelmed by the prospect of making a decision on how to manage their weight.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duke University,  Master of Science in Nursing and Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the Medical University of South Carolina and  MBA from Boston University. All of my education has a common thread – improve outcomes. That is what THE F WORD FAT™ does – be it individuals, groups or organizations.

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