This week we have one of our favorite guests BACK on the podcast talking about the many ways fatphobia shows up in public health initiatives. Marquisele Mercedes is a doctoral student and writer from the Bronx and her doctoral training and interests are at the intersection of fat studies and scholarship on race/ism. She looks at how racism, anti-Blackness, and fatphobia shape health care, research, and public health work and training.
Marquisele Mercedes (she/her) is a doctoral student and writer from the Bronx, New York who is currently based in Providence, Rhode Island. As a Presidential Fellow at the Brown University School of Public Health, her doctoral training and interests are at the intersection of fat studies and scholarship on race/ism. She is broadly interested in how racism, anti-Blackness, and fatphobia shape health care, research, and public health work and training. Marquisele is part of the Future of NAAFA Committee for the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance and writes about fat politics and the health industrial complex on Medium in her spare time. A humanist at heart with a degree in English, Marquisele is finding her way as a fat liberationist in the making one word at a time.
In This Episode We’ll Cover:
- Fatphobic messaging in public health initiatives
- How weight-centered initiatives harm POC communities
- Effective ways to increase food access with public health funding
- What food equity is and to get it + MORE!
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