What is Fat Activism? A dialogue about body diversity and weight stigma – Lauren Munro

RadioActive

RadioActive is an hour long talk show hosted by Natalie Kivell, a Ph.D. candidate in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami. Each week Natalie interviews academics and/or activists from around the world who dive into critical discussions from a Community Psychology lens aimed specifically at addressing structural inequality and the root causes of our complex social problems. The show aims to provoke listeners to think differently about social change and social justice to help shift how we think, act and react to social change efforts in our research and practice.

RadioActive airs every Sunday at 6pm on wvum.org out of the University of Miami student radio station.

In this episode of RadioActive Lauren Munro, a Ph.D. student at Wilifrid Laurier University, explains what fat activism is and how the social movement challenges stigmas around fatness. Lauren self-describes as a fat woman and discusses how taking back the word “fat” and using it as a neutral descriptor weakens negative connotations. As a researcher, she works to identify social structures that perpetuate notions of fat bodies as being problematic bodies & stereotyping. She also discusses the implications of these attitudes which contribute to and intersect with the objectification of women and bullying among children.

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