Blogger and activist Corissa Enneking of Fatgirlflow joins to talk about learning to like yourself and your body, the current state of plus-size fashion, the impact of mental-health struggles on eating behavior, healthism and its various forms, the long and winding road to recovery, fatphobia in the medical community, her experience in the body-positive blogosphere, the value in just getting through each day, and much more! PLUS, Christy answers a listener question about eating intuitively on a budget.
Corissa is a body-positive blogger, activist, and plus size lifestyle expert from the Midwest. She is the creator of Fatgirlflow.com, a lifestyle blog that aims to celebrate our lives and our bodies as we are right now.
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Corissa’s relationship with food growing up, including the impact of scarcity
How a parent’s relationship with food impacts the children, even if adults try to hide their diet behaviors
Healthism, and the myth that exercise can cure all ills
Corissa’s experience with disordered eating and her struggle with an eating disorder
The impact of mental health on Corissa’s eating behaviors, including anxiety, agoraphobia, and panic attacks
Recovery as a non-linear and ongoing journey
How damaging the portrayal of eating disorders in popular media can be for those suffering in larger bodies
Fatphobia and weight bias in the medical community
Corissa’s winding journey to find treatment resources
The body positivity community on tumblr
Reclaiming our goodness and embracing liking ourselves, even just a little bit
The birth of Fatgirlflow and deconstructing plus-size fashion rules
The power of consumerism in creating a bigger variety of plus-size options
The dismal reality of the current plus-size clothing options
Accommodating and learning how to navigate our bodies, rather than trying to change them
Rejecting our cultural understanding of health, and acknowledging that health isn’t a moral obligation
Decoupling ability from perceived happiness
Mortality, healthism, and fitness culture
Why diet culture is a life thief
How values can inform our life choices
The power in just surviving through another day
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Listener Question of the Week
How do we deal with restriction when it relates to how much we can spend on food? How can we rethink our budget to make more room for intuitive eating? How does guilt on spending money about food undermine your intuitive eating journey? Is there a way to parse out where the diet mentality is still influencing our choices? How do we plan ahead to try and reduce our spending while still honoring our internal cues?