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Part II of the CREDN mini-conference series: “Special Populations and Inclusivity in the Treatment of Eating Disorders”, 1.5 CE’s (NBCC)

June 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This is What Extraordinary Fat Joy Looks Like

Presenter: Virgie Tovar
The cultural reality of fatphobia and diet culture are, in a word, disheartening. The lived experience of people who face weight discrimination cannot be summarized by one word, however. Joy, celebration, love, resistance and reclamation are also present throughout fat people’s lives. Let’s talk about that! In this 90-minute talk, author and podcaster, Virgie Tovar, will share stories from her own life growing up in a fat brown body and also the stories she’s gathered over the decade she’s spent focused on fat liberation work. Combining critical race theory, fat studies and feminist food studies, this talk is sure to inspire hope and possibility for fat futures. 
 
Bio
Virgie Tovar, MA, holds a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. She is a contributor for Forbes where she covers the plus-size market and how to end weight discrimination at work. She started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight and in 2018 gave a TedX talk on the origins of the campaign. Tovar edited the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (2012) and she’s the author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat (2018), The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color (2020), and The Body Positive Journal (2022). She’s the host of the podcast, Rebel Eaters Club. In 2018 she was named one of the 50 most influential feminists by Bitch Magazine. She has received Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism, and has been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, BBC, MTV, Al Jazeera, Health, Good Housekeeping, and NPR. She lives in San Francisco. 
 
Abstract (Objectives)
– Participants will be able to define weight discrimination/fatphobia
– Participants will be able to identify at least 3 principles of fat liberation
– Participants will be able to articulate important moments in the history of fat activism
– Participants will be able to recommend fat positive resources to clients
– Participants will be able to deploy fat-positive/weight-neutral language
– Participants will be able to make recommendations for fat positive frameworks and practices that center joy