Our September meeting with Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Kathleen Bishop – was AMAZING! We engaged in really important conversations about:
- Diet culture
- Intersectional feminism
- The many issues with using weight as a measure of health
- How fatphobia (the intense fear or dislike of fat, becoming fat and fat bodies) impacts mental & physical health
- Why weight stigma is a social justice issue
- So much more!
Check out the great resources featured in this newsletter and step into your role as a social and body justice warrior.
Click here to view the slides Kathleen used during her presentation.
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Fearing the Black Body:
The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia
By: Sabrina Strings
This book is an eye-opening historical narrative that explains how the contemporary ideal of slenderness is, at its very core, racialized and racist. Indeed, it was not until the early twentieth century, when racialized attitudes against fatness were already entrenched in the culture, that the medical establishment began its crusade against obesity. An important and original work, Fearing the Black Body argues convincingly that fat phobia isn’t about health at all, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, class, and gender prejudice.
Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating
By: Christy Harrison
In Anti-Diet, Christy Harrison takes on diet culture and the multi-billion-dollar industries that profit from it, exposing all the ways it robs people of their time, money, health, and happiness. It will turn what you think you know about health and wellness upside down, as Harrison explores the history of diet culture, how it’s infiltrated the health and wellness world, how to recognize it in all its sneaky forms, and how letting go of efforts to lose weight or eat “perfectly” actually helps to improve people’s health—no matter their size.
The Body is Not an Apology
By: Sonya Renee Taylor
In a revolutionary departure from the corporate self-help and body-positivity movement, world-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor forges the inextricable bond between radical self-love and social justice. The first step is recognizing that we have all been indoctrinated into a system of body shame that profits off of our self-hatred. When we ask ourselves, “Who benefits from our collective shame?” we can begin to make the distinction between the messages we are receiving about our bodies or other bodies and the truth.
FOOD PSYCH #158: HOW TO HEAL FROM WEIGHT STIGMA WITH KATHLEEN BISHOP
The Food Psych Podcast is a great weekly show dedicated to helping people break free from diet culture. On this episode, anti-diet dietitian Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN, talks to our September monthly speaker, Kathleen! Health at Every Size therapist Kathleen Bishop shares how the trauma of dieting gets passed from one generation to the next, how to mourn the loss of the life that diet culture stole from you, ways to start recovering from internalized weight stigma, the connection between substance use disorders and eating disorders, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to accept your changing body and stop beating yourself up for not being the same size you were 10 years ago. Check it out at christyharrison.com/158, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
This is the animated video Kathleen played during her speaking engagement last week, which exposes the limitations of current research on weight and health. Watch it again and share with your network!
She is a licensed counselor and Health At Every Size advocate. Check out her TikTok video about the weird and racist history of the BMI.
SCARRED NOT SCARED
This campaign shows that a scar is not something that defines you: Read the article here.
Need help dealing with body shaming in your family? Click the link to watch this helpful video about Family Body Shaming by @ScarredNotScared
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