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The Racial Origins Of Fat Phobia w/ Sabrina Strings

The Racial Origins Of Fat Phobia w/ Sabrina Strings

Today on the podcast we’ll be talking with Sabrina Strings, an Asst. Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. We’ll be talking about the racial origins of fat phobia. She was a recipient of the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship with a joint appointment in the School of Public Health and Department of Sociology. She has been featured in The Feminist Wire, Yoga International, and LA Yoga. Her writings can be found in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society and Feminist Media Studies. Sabrina was the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award for the Race, Gender and Class section of the American Sociological Association. Fearing the Black Body is her first book.

In this episode, we’ll talk about:

  • The fascinating (and infuriating) origins of weight bias and the thin ideal – it goes further back than you think
  • How this history affects our relationship to food and our bodies
  • Why BMI is an arbitrary measure of overall health and mortality
  • How racial bias in research is a problem and what to do about it
  • My (Jess) most EMBARRASSING body-image related highschool secret (that I legit almost edited this out of the episode)
  • & MORE!



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