I heard about the conference from my friend Asam over at It Gets Fatter. The conference founder, Sarah Lipkin, and I got together a few months ago over coffee and she told me about how truly heinous nursing education is around fat/phobia. She said the conference needed a workshop that addressed this. So, Brooklyn-based Geleni Fontaine (friend, acupuncturist, fat activist) and I developed "Fat Positive Possibilities for Rebellious Health Workers" over some phone calls and emails.
I was really invested in sharing the results of the survey I conducted on fat patient medical care. See this Special Report for those results (trigger warning: this report includes narratives of fat shaming and medical neglect). Since I'm super nerdy, I was also interested in bringing an intersectional theoretical understanding of the issue of fatphobia to the conference goers.
Here are some of the slides from my presentation:
Geleni and I offered a lot of answers and resources, among them:
- Health At Every Size (it's a book and a movement!)
- The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise by Hanne Blank
- The Obesity Myth by Paul Campos
- Audre Lorde's writings on intersections of health, race (e.g., The Cancer Journals)
- Stranger Here by Jen Larsen (a weight loss surgery memoir)
- Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion chapter entitled "Truce" by Abby Weintraub
- Remember: providers can (and should!) make recommendations based on outcomes unrelated to weight loss.
And now gratuitous pictures from the trip: