Jes Baker, body-liberation activist and author of the book Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, discusses her continuing process of recovery from trauma related to food, eating, and fatphobia; why talking about trauma is so important; why she uses the term "body liberation" instead of "body positivity" or "fat acceptance"; why we need to have more nuanced conversations about people's body-liberation journeys instead of reflexively shunning celebrities who've had weight-loss surgery; how the experience of being "small-fat" differs from the experience of being in a larger fat body; why the mainstreaming of body positivity has been so problematic; and lots more. PLUS, Christy answers a listener question about starting movement again after a history of compulsive exercise.
Jes Baker is a Tucson blogger and author who is on a mission to turn our society's concept of beauty on its oppressive head as she knows for a FACT that every person in this world is worthy of respect and feeling valued regardless of their size, shape, shade, sex, ability, gender, age or health records. She preaches the importance of body autonomy, ALL CAPS, self-love, mental health, strong coffee, and even stronger language. Find her online at themilitantbaker.com.
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Jes’s relationship with food growing up, including her experience with food scarcity and never learning how to eat “normally”
The trauma of living in diet culture
Why body trust is so challenging after prolonged deprivation
Removing fatphobia and weight stigma from medical practice
Intuitive eating, body love, and Health at Every Size as concepts vs. practice
The deprivation mindset
Trauma recovery and theory
Roxane Gay’s new book, Hunger
Weight loss surgery
Holding the diet industry accountable
Patriarchy, the beauty ideal, and choice feminism
Radicalism vs. mainstream movements
Body positivity vs. body liberation
Dealing with weight gain
Therapy vs. community healing
The pros and cons of internet communities
The consequences of mainstreaming body love
Body acceptance and body neutrality
Jes’s experience writing her second book
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Jes's article about Lisa Frank BoPo
Dana Sturtevant’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Hilary Kinavey’s Food Psych Podcast episode
Hunger by Roxane Gay (*trigger warning: sexual assault, weight stigma, numbers)
Virgie Tovar’s second Food Psych Podcast episode
Originals by Adam Grant
Jes’s recent blog post on body dissatisfaction
Jes's first book, Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls
My online course, Intuitive Eating Fundamentals, which includes listener Q&As and access to my private Facebook support group. (Get in there now because the price goes up on August 1st!)
Listener Question of the Week
How do we engage in intuitive movement and fitness without triggering old diet-mentality thoughts? Is it possible to the gym or do gym-type activities without being inundated with diet culture? What are some non-gym forms of movement?