Living Large in America is a podcast about real people dealing with the emotional, social, psychological, financial, and physical effects of their weight. Host Lise Quintana spent most of her life as a fat person, and in October 2019 underwent gastric sleeve surgery, losing more than 50 pounds in the first 100 days after surgery, and writes about her experience in her blog “I Love You But Fuck Off.”

More than 70% of adults and 20% of children in America are carrying more weight than is considered healthy, even though they spend more than $60 billion dollars annually on diets. The average woman is 5′ 4″ and a size 14, while the bodies used to sell women clothes, food, and cosmetics average 5′ 10″ and a size 2.

Fat is a sensitive issue, largely because it’s still okay for the media to portray fat as a personal failing by lazy people, rather than a medical problem exacerbated by a food industry built around addicting people to consuming as much as possible.

People Say

So to me, fat just seems to be right to the point and the most descriptive way to say it.

Camryn Manheim

When you get fat, you get a new personality. You can’t help it. Complete strangers ascribe it to you.

Hillary Mantel

I was fat, and that was awful because when you’re young and sensitive, you think the world is over because you’re fat.

Maeve Binchy

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