fatty resources

Here's where you can find lots more resources and readings to guide you on your bodyposi and fatpos journey!

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+ Body Positive Orgs

The Body Positive is "a national organization that offers a variety of resources and programming to teach and inspire youth and adults to value their health, unique beauty, and identity so they can use their vital resources of time, energy, and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives and in the world." Check them out to find professional trainings, public workshops, and campus resources, as well as their book, Embody: Learning To Love Your Unique Body, which "offers hope and a gentle path to self-love." Listen to our episode with Melissa Gibson for more info.

Health At Every Size, or HAES, is a movement that says that every body is a good body, and can be a healthy body, without dieting or losing weight.

You can purchase the book here or from smaller presses, and you can find Linda Bacon, founder of HAES, here. Her mission is "a more just world, where all bodies are valued, respected, and supported in compassionate self-care."

There are more resources for body positivity on the HAES community resource page. Listen to our Doctor episode for practical HAES knowledge.

+ Body Posi Podcasts

We talk about the pods we love in a lot of episodes — here's a good one for recommendations. The Fat Lip, hosted by Ash, "is a podcast for and about fat people...We are proud supporters of radical self-love and the fierce defense of your body autonomy."

The Fat Club Podcast is "just a couple of fat girls doing a podcast for other fat people 🍕" with new episodes out on Tuesdays!

Two Whole Cakes Fatcast is Marianne Kirby and Lesley Kinzel, two writers + activists with good Twitters (Marianne's. Lesley's.) You can listen to the pod archives on iTunes!

Friend of Marilyn is an FA interview podcast hosted by Cat, a "fat activist and Fat Studies scholar living in Aotearoa New Zealand."

The Food Psych Podcast is "a podcast about intuitive eating, positive body image, and eating disorder recovery, helping people make peace with food since 2013." Check out our Pod Features to hear episodes with Sophie and April!

The Bodcast is Bustle's podcast about bodies! Irregularly updated but very lovely.

Every Body Podcast is "a podcast counteracting the pervasive myths and misconceptions about food, dieting and body image with hard science and engaging storytelling."

Bad Fat Broads is "the bad fat bitch perspective on everything important," with KC and Ariel. (Currently on hiatus, per their Patreon, but the archive is up in the iTunes store.)

Fatties on Ice is a pop culture / FA podcast, ended in 2014, but the tumblr is cute and great! If someone finds a way to listen, let us know and we'll add it.

The Fearless Rebelle Radio is "a podcast dedicated to body image, body positivity, self-worth, anti-dieting and feminism." It is hosted by Summer Innanen, Body Image Coach and best-selling author of Body Image Remix.

The Body Poscast is "your source for oodles of Body Positivity and Love" where hosts Lillian Bustle & Liza Poor "talk about body image and gleefully rejecting societal nonsense!"

The Chenese Lewis Show has been going strong since 2008, with host Chenese Lewis conducting "in-depth interviews with a wide range of industry experts, including plus size influencers and national brands."

Fat Girls Club is Jessica Torres & Liesl Binx, "two fat best friends who love to talk about fashion, life, love and everything in between."

Woman of Size is a pod where Lakota Ntv writer and performer Jana Schmieding talks about "marginalized bodies and lives in the intersections." Jana also hosts a live show in LA!

The Belly Love Podcast is host Rachel W. Cole's mission "to have a series of conversations with wise women about their bellies and how we all might find greater ease at the center of it all."

The Body Kindness Podcast has episodes about family, food, sex, and more — all in the context of a journey to wellbeing.

Body Love Wellness Podcast features Golda Poretsky, H.H.C. delivering practical advice on how to make peace with food, your body and yourself!

+ Body Positive Follows

@Ok2BeFat

@YrFatFriend

Fat Girl FLow

@YoursTruelyMelly

Roxane Gay

Lizzo

@Fatwomenofcolor

+ Fat Studies Reader

The Fat Studies Reader Edited by Esther Rothblum, Sondra Solovay, & Marilyn Wann. The Fat Studies Reader is a collection of fifty-three amazing academic essays. They "explore a wide range of topics related to body weight. From the historical construction of fatness to public health policy, from job discrimination to social class disparities, from chick-lit to airline seats." (Amazon) The Reader is available on Amazon as well as a variety of smaller presses.

Fat and Proud: The Politics of Size by Charlotte Cooper "One of the first books to describe and theorise fat activism. It pre-dates and anticipates some of the debates that are now commonplace and is one of the founding texts in the field of Fat Studies... The book explores fat people's agency, which it outlines and locates in historical-cultural terms, and endorses the shift towards civil rights." (Charlotte Cooper, author)

You'd Be So Pretty If...: Teaching Our Daughters to Love Their Bodies... by Dara Chadwick "A guide for moms who want to break the cycle of bad body image and raise daughters who feel good about their bodies." (HAES Resource Page)

Shadow On A Tightrope edited by Lisa Schoenfielder & Barb Wieser "SHADOW ON A TIGHTROPE is a collection of articles, personal stories, and poems by fat women, about their lives and the fat- hating society in which they live." (Amazon)

Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby "... Harding and Kirby, the leading bloggers in the "fatosphere," the online community of the fat acceptance movement, have written a book to help readers achieve admiration for-or at least a truce with-their bodies. The authors believe in "health at every size"-the idea that weight does not necessarily determine well-being and that exercise and eating healthfully are beneficial, regardless of whether they cause weight loss. They point to errors in the media, misunderstood and ignored research, as well as stories from real women around the world to underscore their message. In the up-front and honest style that has become the trademark of their blogs, they share with readers twenty-seven ways to reframe notions of dieting and weight, including: accepting that diets don't work, practicing intuitive eating, finding body-positive doctors, not judging other women, and finding a hobby that has nothing to do with one's weight." (Amazon)

The Fat Pedagogy Reader: Challenging Weight-Based Oppression Through Critical Education by Erin Cameron & Constance Russell "The very first book of its kind, The Fat Pedagogy Reader brings together an international, interdisciplinary roster of respected authors who share heartfelt stories of oppression, privilege, resistance, and action; fascinating descriptions of empirical research; confessional tales of pedagogical (mis)adventures; and diverse accounts of educational interventions that show promise. Taken together, the authors illuminate both possibilities and pitfalls for fat pedagogy that will be of interest to scholars, educators, and social justice activists. Concluding with a fat pedagogy manifesto, the book lays a solid foundation for this important and exciting new field." (Amazon)

Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture by Amy Erdman Farrell "Tracing the cultural denigration of fatness to the mid 19th century, Amy Farrell argues that the stigma associated with a fat body preceded any health concerns about a large body size. Firmly in place by the time the diet industry began to flourish in the 1920s, the development of fat stigma was related not only to cultural anxieties that emerged during the modern period related to consumer excess, but, even more profoundly, to prevailing ideas about race, civilization and evolution." (Amazon)

+ Fat Acceptance History

The Wikipedia page isn't a bad overview.

Charlotte Cooper created this very cool timeline of Queer, Trans, Fat Activism. You can find her site here.

Another timeline, in the Internet Wayback Machine - an informal history of FA.

The Obesity Time Bomb blog collected more history of fat activism.

Here's an article from the (sadly discontinued) Radiance Magazine about The Fat Underground, the FA group that was active in the 1970s, that goes through a lot of FA history. "The Fat Underground employed slashing rhetoric: Doctors are the enemy. Weight loss is genocide."

The Fat Liberation Manifesto, created by the Fat Underground, is a bold and proud statement of the ideals of the Fat Underground.

Have more links to the history of FA?? We'd love to put them here! Especially any zines from the 80s - would LOVE to see some of those. :)

+ Blogs, Sites, & Pubs

Bitch Media offers abundant reads and recommendation lists from an intersectional, feminist lens—and they don't shy away from body positivity, either.

Black Girl Dangerous is a seriously sick blog that amplifies the voices of queer and trans people of color. They have articles about mental health, blackness, and bodies.

It Gets Fatter "is a body positivity project started by fat queer people of colour, for fat people of colour!" If you want to know more, read their FAQ!

The Body Impolitic — "blogging about a wide range of body image and photography topics, and more."


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Other bodypos
bloggers & activists

The Fat Midwife has resources for fatness & pregnancy. 

Kivan Bay is a writer and activist - he does lots of threads on FA topics.

Melissa Fabello "is a feminist writer and speaker who covers issues related to body politics and beauty culture." This piece of hers on Everyday Feminism is a great starting point for someone looking to have conversations with their family or friends about fat acceptance.

Suma Jane Dark does bodypos boudoir photography.

Some other great blogs to learn about FA: Fat Posi For Black WomenIt Gets Fatter, The Body Impolitic.

Amanda Levitt is the writer and creator behind Fat Body Politics. Follow her amazing Tumblr, here.

Kenzie Brenna is an "actor / creator / influencer" who stands for science, mental health, and self love, and runs a Self Love Bootcamp.

Let us know your favorite activist that we should have on here!


bodiposi coaches/ nutritionists/ counselors

Three Birds Counseling is a great resource "free from negative thinking, fear of food, and body hate." They also recently put out an incredible list of 80+ Eating Disorder & Body Image Providers & Activists entitled Diversity Is A Good Thing

TaMeicka Clear "is a Spiritual Coach, Body Positive Coach, and Community Educator. All of her services are sliding scale and informed by her love and dedication to Black folks, QTPOC, and other healers, artist, and activist." 

Virgie Tovar "is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture, and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight." 

Ivy Felicia is a wellness coach and body image healer. You can follow her @iamivyfelicia and @fatwomenofcolor

Ilya is a a non binary trans masculine person of color who is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, Medical Exercise Coach, and the founder of Decolonizing Fitness. You can follow them @decolonizing_fitness

Jen Gunter, "Twitter's resident OB/GYN," is a pro-woman women's health advocate. You can follow her @drjengunter.

Dr. Paula Freedman is a Clinical Psychologist in Chicago who works with anxiety, perfectionism, addiction, eating disorders, trauma, & ADHD evaluation.

Ashlee Bennett is a therapist who works with body image, internalized weight stigma/fatphbia, self-acceptance, and mental health. You can follow her @bodyimage_therapist and @insightarttherapy.

 


FatPos orgs, pubs, & Sites

NoLose "is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to ending the oppression of fat people and creating vibrant fat queer culture."

The Body Is Not An Apology is a magazine for "Radical Self-love for Everybody and Every Body." <3

Ample is a review site for businesses, doctors, restaurants, movie theatres, etc. that is specifically for folks in marginalized bodies (fat, queer/trans, disabled, BIPOC, and the intersections thereof). So, for example, you can let people know about the ramps in the parking lot, or the all gender bathrooms, or that a business is POC-owned, or that this doctor is a hella fatphobe. 

AllGo is a review site where plus-size people rate the comfort & accessibility of public places, like restaurants and theaters.

Abundia is a yearly weekend retreat for women of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds, who identify as fat or as women of size. They offer educational workshops on self-esteem, activism, HAES, size acceptance, fat fashion, healing art, movement, and much more. You can email them at info@abundia.org with questions!