Road to the Conference – Tatiana Gill, Natalie Baack, Jessica May, EDRDpro

We are so very excited about the wonderful sponsors and amazing speakers we have lined up for The Fat Activism Conference this year that we can’t possibly wait until October to tell you all about them. So we’re continuing with our pre-conference interviews from a few of them every week so you can see what amazing speakers we’ve got lined up for The Fat Activism Conference, October 6-8 on a phone or a computer near you.  Don’t wait to sign up. Hurry to get your spot now!

Speaker Spotlight

Tatiana Gill – Representation matters: Body positivity in comics and pop culture

Tatiana Gill is a Seattle based cartoonist who uses her art to show strength and vulnerability, reflecting the diversity of women so often underrepresented in the media. Themes include body positivity, feminism, mental health and recovery.Tatiana has created dozens of self-published comic books, teaches comics, and contributes to local & global publications.

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

In this talk I explore what happens when we take comic books and pop culture archetypes and make them fat, differently abled, gender-bending, and/or old. In popular culture we tend to see only one type of female representation. Small deviations from the norm occur but rarely do we see women depicted with various weights and sizes, skin colors and textures, differing abilities, or even strong expressions of anger. We rarely see transgender or gender fluid characters. Men, while being allowed more variety, are still limited to a narrow archetype of a desirable leading male. When I was a young lady I didn’t see bodies like mine represented anywhere: on TV, magazines, movies, or the comic books I loved so much. I thought I had to make my body look like the bodies in my favorite media, instead of vice versa. As I got older I found a few comic books that depicted women with different bodies. In recent years some popular artists have raised the bar for inclusivity of representation, depicting people of all genders and gender identities, abilities, sizes and skin colors. (I still have not seen a spectrum of older ages being represented as dynamic and heroic, and I hope that is what comes next.)

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

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Natalie Baack

The Curvy Confidence Coach, is a body positive wellness and life coach for women who are done with trying to hate their bodies thin, and are ready to re-claim their power and health. She guides her clients through a soulful, mind-body approach to nutrition and life so they can release food rules, reconnect to the intuitive wisdom of their bodies and embody confidence in their curves at any size. Burnt out after 10 years of a high stress film industry job and a lifetime of dieting, body image challenges, and low self-esteem, she dug deep into personal development and wellness, got certified as an Eating Psychology Coach, and transformed her life, body, and self-confidence, discovering a passion for women’s empowerment and body positivity along the way.With a background in marketing research, Natalie brings a unique approach to coaching. Combining her analytical skills with a soul-centered approach to mind-body health, she helps her clients uncover the conditioning and beliefs that prevent them from embodying confident and vibrant health and empowered self-expression in all areas of their lives.Natalie is the founder of The Curvy Confidence Sisterhood, The Bikini Breakthrough Beach Day Experience, and a frequent contributor to The Curvy Fashionista. She works with clients in a one-on-one practice, and facilitates group programs and workshops both online and off.

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


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Jessica May – Stakes (Part of the Spoken Word Collaborative)

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

It means living my life out loud, head held high, advocating for my accommodation needs as well as others. I love sharing the positivity of living life in a fat body and watching others explore another way of thinking when it comes to themselves and others.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Because no one lives in a box. There are so many experiences that are different and the same regardless of the size of my body. Stigma is alive and well, whether a person is aware of it or not. My primary activism happens within the healthcare environment and other settings where I need accommodations for distance and seating.

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

My poem is about my evolution out of shame, awareness, hope and courage.

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Sponsor Spotlight

We are so happy to have EDRDpro as one of our Gold Sponsors for 2017!

Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian Pro (EDRDpro), provides online continuing education, taught by leading experts, to dietitians and students with interests in eating disorders and HAES. We partner with top professionals around the world to bring our members training that can be watched from the comfort of their office, classroom, or home. As one of the fastest-growing web-based education platforms for dietitians, EDRDpro offers continuing education through both a membership option and an annual online conference, the EDRDpro Symposium. Our mission is to support and train dietetics professionals on evidence-based Health at Every Size research and emerging science to help broaden their skills in identifying, treating, and preventing disordered eating and eating disorders. Sign up now for early bird access to the 2018 symposium or become a member today.

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About Ragen Chastain

Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be Iron-distance triathlete, Activist, Fat Person.
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