Philip Barragan is the Los Angeles-based author of Fatizen, a graphic novel about a dystopian future where the diet industry is a part of the government and carrying excess pounds is a criminal offense. Barragan is a longtime fat activist, and talks about the way we talk about fat in the media.
Rich Thomas’s doctor told him “Walk around a retirement community. There aren’t any people your size there.” It was the push he needed to make big changes in his life.
Fat people are often stereotyped as frumpy, dowdy, and not just ugly, but the kind of ugly on purpose that comes of being badly dressed. But Chris Wasserman rejects that stereotype. Every day is an adventure in fashion, and she defies the notion that larger women can’t be beauty trailblazers.
For those excited about the long list of designers and sites we talked about, here they are:
The worst thing you can call someone is “fat,” because it’s the last thing most people want to be. And yet, for people like Samantha Stiers, living in a larger body is both comfortable and comforting.
Most of us diet because we’ve become unhappy with something – our looks, our health, the feedback from our friends and family. We suffer through diets so we can achieve an ideal look that for most is unattainable. But for Ella Weaver, dieting is the latest step on a journey of self acceptance, and an act of radical self love.
Jennifer Hudgens’s weight has fluctuated by hundreds of pounds, depending on the medication she’s taking. Taking medication to solve one problem can cause a host of others, and our fractured healthcare system can make it difficult to understand the ramifications of our doctors’ decisions. How do you prioritize which parts of yourself get to be “healthy”?
Lara McKusky came from a loving, healthy family. She got married young to a man who would go on to abuse her, but found the courage to kick him to the curb. Along the way, she began seeing how our society uses food to control us.
More than 2/3 of Americans are at least overweight, and nearly 1 in 5 is severely obese. These aren’t “them,” some far-away, alien group of people entirely different from ourselves. They are “us” – our friends, family, neighbors, and ourselves. And yet, fat is still not just the enemy, but the villain.
We need to talk.