In association with the Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada and the University of Waterloo, Dr. Sharon Roberts will be presenting "The I in Diet: Selling you Thin."
Professor Roberts says that the quest to weigh less has become an increasingly important value in our culture.
'Thin' is a ubiquitous message in Western culture as a social construction of beauty and success. Phrases such as never being “too rich or too thin,” a saying credited to Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, have laid the foundation for much of popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Dr. Roberts is an Assistant Professor of Social Development Studies at Renison. She received her PhD from Western University in 2008.
Sharon has an interdisciplinary background with degrees in sociology and psychology, a certificate in program and policy evaluation, and a diverse research background that spans multiple methodologies and areas such as identity and the transition to adulthood, eating disorders, furries, risk taking in adolescence, and mixed-method evaluation of primary healthcare.
She is currently a co-investigator working on the mixed-method evaluation of the Quality Improvement & Innovation Partnership (QIIP) project (collaborating with Western and Queens; $25,000 KT CIHR grant 2013), is working as a co-principal investigator on the International Anthropomorphic Research Project (principal investigator of a $75,000 IDG SSHRC 2013), and a cross-cultural study of Identity Horizons with colleagues from Ontario, Miami, and Japan.
Sharon teaches Introduction to Sociology, Deviance, Research Methods, and Adult Life Crisis and Events. In her volunteer work, Sharon was a member of the board of directors at Hope’s Garden Eating Disorders Support and Resource Centre in London (2006-12). She is currently a board member and the Vice President of the Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada (since 2008). In her spare time, Sharon enjoys taking acoustic drum lessons from her hubby who is a professional musician.
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