New year, new you! At least, that’s what all the weight-loss ads we’ve been bombarded with this January are telling us. But what if we told you there’s life outside of dieting and body shame?
For today’s show, Tuesday host Ali Muldrow spends a joyful and informative hour with author and activist Virgie Tovar, one of the nation’s leading experts on weight-based discrimination and body image.
She talks about what it looks like to reject institutional fatphobia and the glorification of the thin body, how diet culture is entwined with colonialism and racism, practical advice about receiving medical care as a higher-weight person, and why “this is a human rights issue, not a health issue.”
Cover photo of Virgie Tovar courtesy of Bustle