Tiana Dodson, Eileen Rosensteel, Gloria Lucas, and Melissa Fabello talk Fat Activism

As the conference gets closer, we’ll continue to share inspiration, insights, and advance information from our speakers and sponsors with you! This is an online conference so you can listen from wherever you are by phone or computer, registrants also receive recordings and transcripts so that you can listen/read on your own schedule. The live conference will take place September 23-25, 2016.  Click here to register for the conference! 

SPEAKERS

Tiana Dodson, The Fat Health Coach

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

To me, Fat Activism means giving a voice to people who are often portrayed as inhuman, unworthy, and unwelcome.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Reversing the harmful beliefs that fat is the worst thing that someone can be and that avoiding this outcome is totally under your control is a huge part of why Fat Activism is important.

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?

My talk at the conference is all about how each of us can contribute to the movement simply through the personal choices we make each day. As The Fat Health Coach, I believe that the journey to health begins with learning to love your chub.

Can you provide us with a link where people can learn more about you or connect with you?

Website: www.tianadodson.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HHCtianadodson

Twitter: @TAngelDR

 

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Eileen Rosensteel

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat activism means living my life out loud. Not letting the expectations of our society (illness, shame, and inability) keep me from doing what I want to do. It means speaking up, acting up, and supporting others in their journey.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Every time we push back against prejudice, it means that someone else won’t have to push as hard. Confronting bias is always important.

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?

I’m so excited to share a few of the real stories of the circus fat ladies. They constantly surprise me with their fierceness and shenanigans. I love passing along the history of what fat women are capable of.

Can you provide us with a link where people can learn more about you or connect with you?

Friend me on Facebook! It’s the best place right now to connect with me and keep updated with my shenanigans.

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

No matter what your size, shape, or level of ability is you can move towards your dream. Dream big and love fierce!

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Gloria Lucas, Nalgona Positivity Pride

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat activism means the collective effort to eradicate fat oppression. It means having an intersectional approach on evaluating fat oppression and unlearning the ways we have been taught to think about people and society.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat activism is more important than ever because the white-thin-cis-hetero industrial complex (The collective industrial and social production of the belief that the ultimate standard of beauty & health is possessed by those that are heterosexual, cisgender, light skin, and thin) is more pervasive than ever. A wholesome society is not possible when adults and children are taught that diet culture, weight-loss culture, and eating disorders are a “healthy lifestyle.” Fat activism allows us to study one of the most taboo subjects there is and it helps us evaluate the way we perceive the world and the way we view our bodies. Fat activism provides healing for the many who have been treated unfairly due to our body.

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?

Participants can expect to learn about how colonialism has impacted the relationship women of color have with food and their bodies and the importance of decolonizing our body love.

Can you provide us with a link where people can learn more about you or connect with you?

Instagram: @Nalgonapositivitypride

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Our Sponsor spotlight this week is the fabulous Melissa Fabello!

MelissaFabello.com

What does fat activism mean to you?

Fat activism isn’t for me, as a thin woman, to define. But I want fellow thin people to realize that fat activism is the foundation of all body acceptance work – and that without the hard work of current and past fat activists, body acceptance movements wouldn’t exist. Everything that we understand as “body positivity” today has roots in fat activism. We can’t be “body positive” if we don’t believe in the necessity of fat liberation. And even without being the target audience for the movement, fat activism has taught me so much about how I move through the world.

Why do you think fat activism is important?

Fat activism is important, first and foremost, because it advocates for fat people to receive basic respect. For that reason in and of itself, fat activism is important. More specifically, my activism is in the realm of eating disorder recovery, and fat activism is desperately important to that field – for many reasons. To start, the eradication of fatantagonism and the prevention of eating disorders go hand-in-hand. Although eating disorders are complex illnesses with biological and psychological components, the sociocultural influence is also significant. And in a society that hates fat people, relationships with our bodies and with food are going to be skewed, including to the point of disorder. But further, fat activism is needed in eating disorder conversations because of the misconception of what it means to “look like” one has an eating disorder. The truth is that there isn’t a relationship between eating disorders and body size or shape, but the prevalent assumption is that fat people can’t have eating disorders besides BED (and that thin people can’t have BED) – and we need people to stop believing this so that more people can get the help that they need.

Can you provide us with a link for folks to connect with you?

Website: www.melissafabello.com or on

Twitter: @fyeahmfabello

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Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

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Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be IRONMAN, Activist, Fat Person.
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