When I made the commitment to help folks heal their relationship with food and their bodies, my mindset was influenced by the conventional, weight-centered medical model that I was taught in grad school.
I was taught to offer suggestions for behavior change around what and how people were feeding themselves and encourage them to get some exercise. Done.
No way. That's not even the beginning of what it means to support someone on their journey to a healthy relationship with food and their body!
I used to think that body liberation was defined as someone giving up dieting and learning to appreciate and care for their here-and-now body.
That's part of it, but only a tiny part of it.
To support someone's journey to body liberation it's necessary to talk about diversity, culture, race, sexual orientation, religion, and access to health care, education, and a variety of healthy foods - for EVERY BODY! (intentionally 2 words)
When I started my life's work, I found it to be deeply rooted in feminism. While that may be true, I've recently become aware that the traditional feminism ideology doesn't account for females of all colors, races, ethnicities, abilities, and body sizes.
As a white, educated, cis-gendered, heterosexual woman, this is my opportunity for un-learning and re-learning...
To understand how the intersections of gender, sexual orientation, race, body size, economic status, ability, color, ethnicity all affect someone's relationship with food and their body.
And as we've seen in the news recently, it can be a hot mess!
I invite you to join me in this re-learning process. This past week, I've been seeking out colleagues of color who are passionate about not only the Health At Every Size® and local food movements, but who are also focused on developing a much wider lens for body liberation.
I've listed some of the social accounts and books that I'll be digging into and I invite you to do the same.
Our collective re-learning has a profound opportunity to shift our entire cultural perspective when it comes to bodies, health, and well-being.
Let's do this!
If you'd like to join the recently created Amplify Melanated Voices campaign, #amplifymelanatedvoices, here's a handful to folks to consider following and learning from their experiences.
@RACHEL.CARGLE ~ Including Rachel's monthly resource The Great Unlearning Monthly Syllabus @THEGREATUNLEARN
Sabrina Strings “Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia”
Sonya Renee Taylor: “The Body is Not an Apology”
Roxane Gay "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body"
Now, I'm curious. What's 1 thing you can start doing to support body liberation for every body? Leave a comment below!
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