Health At Every Size
“The only way to solve the weight problem is to stop making weight a problem—to stop judging ourselves and others by our size. Weight is not an effective measure of attractiveness, moral character, or health. The real enemy is weight stigma, for it is the stigmatization and fear of fat that causes the damage and deflects attention from true threats to our health and well-being.”
- Linda Bacon
Fat Phobia is Oppressive
I am unapologetically committed to the scientifically proven stance that people can be healthy no matter what number is on the scale. Having a history of negative body image and unhealthy eating behaviors, I understand first hand just how oppressive the messages we receive about weight can be.
Fat phobia continues to be an "accepted" and "fact-based" marginalization strategy. People will casually take as fact that if someone is not thin, then they must be unhealthy, lazy, undisciplined, and chaotic. Alternatively, people project intelligence, health, motivation, and organization on to those who are thin. These beliefs are so widespread that people don't even see themselves as committing microaggressions when they make comments like "Oh you look so great, have you lost weight?"
Fat phobia disregards institutionalized and systemic oppressions including poverty, racial violence, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia.
As a Liberation Centered Health Coach, I am interested in disrupting and dismantling the link between body size and health.