children and weight

Fat Studies: May the Next Generation of Fat Kids Be Free of Self-Hatred

by Mikalina Kirkpatrick

I am a Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies (WGSS) major at Portland State University in Oregon. I concluded my junior year with a 2016 Spring term of Fat Studies immersion. I was the teaching assistant for an online class called Gender and Body Image and I took an online senior capstone class called Embracing Size Diversity. I then decided to round out the term with a last-minute eight hour bus ride to Vancouver, BC to attend the fourth annual International Weight Stigma Conference.

After a lifetime of fat phobic schooling, this was 10 weeks of incredible, unusual, validating, and empowering education. If education has the potential to reshape the world, it’s really exciting to think about the next generation of gym teachers, nurses, teachers and others who work with kids going through this kind of educational experience.

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What If??

by Deah Schwartz, Ed.D, CTRS, CCC What if I told you an obscene number of girls between the ages of three and sixteen are being abused against their will and that:… Read More »What If??

On Ethics

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA A well-known bioethicist named Daniel Callahan recently advocated for the intentional infliction of weight stigma.  He has written an article in The Hastings Center Report… Read More »On Ethics