ACTIVISM, TEACHING, & SPEAKING
Thin idealism, fat phobia, size bias and weight stigma are incredibly corrosive and insidious in our society, leading to eating disorders, body hatred, food addiction, exercise compulsion, body obsession, self loathing and countless other issues.
Fat phobia IS a social justice issue. The flagrant discrimination of large bodies is harmful to humans of all sizes.
The marginalization and oppression of humans based on body shape, as a result of a century of lies told by the diet industry and the medicalization of fatness, is mostly tolerated by the culture at large. In classrooms, workplaces, and constantly in medical settings, people are judged and treated poorly should they happen to live in a large body.
Often when corporations, associations and organizations make efforts to improve their diversity and inclusion, fat phobia, diet culture, and sizeism are overlooked. This tolerance of oppression and exclusion erodes the integrity of an organization.
As a professor and presenter on this topic, I clearly outline how fat phobia and sizeism within an organization destroys any efforts at diversity and inclusion. In my workshops, we discuss the epidemiology, anthropology, economics, sociology and history of weight-related stigma. Participants are encouraged to investigate their own internalized fat phobia and how it affects them and the people they love. Interactively, we discuss how the marginalization of big bodies, the medicalization of obesity, the illusion of good bodies/bad bodies, and the diet industry harm everyone, of all sizes, plus how these intersect with other forms of oppression like misogyny and racism. Participants are exposed to the Health At Every Size, fat acceptance, and body liberation movements, and given clear instructions on how to heal oneself from perhaps life long struggles with food and body hatred. By the end, I outline how individually and collectively we can eradicate thin idealism and sizeism, such that all people of all sizes can feel safe, valued, and included.
Please contact me if you are interested in having me speak to your next gathering.