A few weeks ago an article came out that stirred up a lot of conversation within dietitian circles titled “The Unbearable Whiteness and Fatphobia of Anti-Diet Dietitians” Written by Marquisele Mercedes, this article touched on the history of the body positive movement, how it’s been appropriated by thin, white dietitians, the racist roots of fatphobia, and a lot more. It’s one of the best articles we’ve read on body positivity, and today we’re having a conversation with the author.
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. You can keep up with Mikey on Twitter.
In This Episode We’ll Cover:
- Why Marquisele decided to write the article
- The history of the body positive movement and its social justice roots
- Ways in which the anti-diet movement has become exclusionary & problematic
- The problematic ways the academy of nutrition promotes elitist, fatphobic, and culturally insensitive nutrition recommendations
- Beauty standards within POC communities and the role privilege plays in all of this
- How to center the voices of people in larger bodies + MORE!
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